Women’s Premier League champions New Lambton have parted ways with head coach Brad Jones, as the club aims for a “reset” ahead of the 2021 season. Cas Wright and Greg Lowe will step in as interim coaches for the remainder of the year.
The championship Women’s Premier League club confirmed Jones’ mid-season departure in a statement posted on Facebook on Tuesday, September 1.
“In what has been a disrupted season, and with numerous challenges that presented, it became clear it was in the best interest of the players and the Club to recalibrate our WPL program, to finish 2020 on positive note and reset now for 2021,” they wrote.
“We wish Brad all the very best in his future football career and we thank him for the time he has spent at New Lambton Football Club.”
Wright and Lowe, who were previously operating as the Eagles’ technical director and assistant technical director, will take the helm of the club’s senior teams ahead of their Tuesday night catch-up games against Newcastle Olympic.
New Lambton is also “actively pursuing a full-time appointment for 2021.”
Wright, who last helmed South Wallsend in the women’s top-grade in 2019, confirmed to Women’s Chronicle she would be leading the Eagles for the remainder of the year.
“Yep I’m stepping into that role now, I’ve been working with the 18s for this season and now I’ll make sure we can steer that WPL ship into the harbour to end the year,” the Eagles technical director said of the club’s “new status quo.”
New Lambton’s season has been one of turbulence. After claiming the championship and premiership double last year, the women’s side lost head coach Keelan Hamilton, and Tara Andrews, Lauren Allan, Sophie Jones, and Imogene Tomasone departed.
Georgia Amess and Sophie Day also walked out the door just ahead of the league’s 2020 restart. They linked up with newcomers Newcastle Olympic.
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Injuries have also swept through the Eagles’ camp. Taylah Bryde, Sophie Stapleford, and Lisa Cochrane all joined Toria Campbell on the physio table after the trio were all injured in New Lambton’s 4–1 loss to Broadmeadow last weekend.
Wright believes the Eagles can “come home strong” this year though. The top side may be up against it to make finals, but the club’s women’s reserve side is currently in fifth place, and in with a shot to make the postseason too.
“We’re aiming for the team to have a good mindset for these last five games. The fact we lost Lisa, Toria, and maybe Sophie too hurts a bit, but I’ve been here before and we’re just going to make sure we stabilise and go from there,” she said.
“Our reserves have a good chance at finals, so we want to make sure we can do the best for them to have a good run. I’m sure the girls will stand up and be counted, and we’ll see out the 2020 season as best we can ahead of 2021’s plans.”