No more excuses for Seagulls

Updated: January 28, 2016
North Shore coach Jason Davenport (14) speaks with his players during a game in 2015. Picture: AL PACKER
North Shore coach Jason Davenport (14) speaks with his players during a game in 2015. Picture: AL PACKER

North Shore coach Jason Davenport (14) speaks with his players during a game in 2015. Picture: AL PACKER

NORTH Shore coach Jason Davenport says there are no more excuses after two years of development at Windsor Park.

Davenport, who was an assistant coach to Ged Brody in 2014 before being elevated to the top job last year, wants to see the Seagulls start making a move up the GFL ladder.

“… it’s been more about continual improvement from a performance perspective, whereas I think now we’re at a point where there’s less excuses around,” he said.

“We actually need to start seeing some results of hard work now.”

“From a coach’s perspective, we (lost) six games by under three goals last year, and the expectation is, no doubt, those games we want to win and put ourselves in a position to shake things up a little bit.”

However, with local football undergoing it’s own shake-up with the introduction of a points system and the return of a salary cap, Davenport wouldn’t be drawn on what a pass mark looks like for the Seagulls in 2016.

“I think it’s going to be really interesting the first month of the season to see where some sides are at, (and) what some key losses or additions do actually look like from a financial perspective,” he said.

“Also internal development, where guys are on existing lists that may be given opportunities because of some exodus and things like that due to salary cap.

“So it’s going to be really hard to see where we’re at.

“I like the mix we’ve got together at the moment. We’re still hopeful the next 8-12 weeks could potentially bring more senior recruits, depending on our current situation.

“We’ve got some things in the works that are really exciting, but at the same time we really come to work during the week with the existing list and we feel like development wise we’re going along really well.”

Davenport has confirmed the addition of former Casey-listed duo Jake Thomas and Mitch Stanlake.

Both are products of the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup, with Thomas playing five senior games for the Scorpions in 2014 before a foot problem derailed his 2015 season.


“The whole idea is to come a club where he feels he can really develop and maybe go back to the VFL system and have a significant impact,” Davenport said.

“But he also wanted to escape from that environment for an extend period of time.”

Stanlake played some Development League last year.

“We have some mutual friends. (He’s) just a really quality young kid,” Davenport said.

“A big, strapping young lad, loves his footy, and has a real natural feel for the game for someone his age, which we’re really looking forward to working with.”

Among the confirmed departures are former Geelong and Western Bulldogs player Nathan Djerrkura, small forward Brent Jacques (Bannockburn) and youngster Jack Gartlan (Queensland).

The Seagulls open their season against 2015 runner-up Newtown & Chilwell at Windsor Park on April 9.

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