ALBURY’S Team of the Century coach Paul Spargo believes newly-appointed Tiger Peter German is the ideal person to lead the club into a new era.
Spargo said German’s record with player development in the AFL, VFL and WAFL made him a stand-out choice to take over from Shaun Daly and Chris Hyde.
Spargo and German spent eight seasons as teammates at North Melbourne under coaches John Kennedy and Wayne Schimmelbusch.
Given the changing landscape of country football now with the player points, junior development is really important and he’s got a great history in that regardPaul Spargo
“He’s very passionate,” Spargo said.
“Given the changing landscape of country football now with the player points, junior development is really important and he’s got a great history in that regard.
“He’s obviously taken a lot away from the coaches he’s coached with and under like Ken Judge and Chris Connolly.
“He was a really good footballer in his own right as well so he’s got a good feel for the game.”
German has signed on for the next three seasons at Albury Sportsground with Daly and Hyde committing as players for another 12 months.
Spargo said the 185-match midfielder continued a remarkable run of Kangaroos who played during the Kennedy and Denis Pagan era and went on to succeed as coaches or administrators.
“It’s been incredible when you look at it,” he said.
“Peter German’s just one of a long list over the years like John Longmire, Alastair Clarkson, Ben Buckley, Andrew Demetriou, Peter Jonas and Anthony Rock.
“I think the best thing is that he (German) will embrace the challenge and he’ll embrace the footy club.
“He’s done that everywhere he has gone.
“He’s the historian at his local club Oak Park.
“He does all the history there still, that’s the kind of bloke he is.
“He just loves his footy.”
German has watched several Albury matches this season with Spargo expecting him to target “specific” areas in his recruiting.
He will meet players and speak to the media on Friday.