All four teams in the AFL New Zealand Premiership have announced their assistant coach in preparation for the 2017 season.
Alex Fakatoumafi – Southern Saints
Former Northern Suns assistant Alex Fakatoumafi will join the Southern Saints as assistant coach for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
Alex will once again team up with Head Coach Warwick Kain as the pair took charge of the AFL New Zealand Leve 1 Academy Hawks during their ANZAC campaign earlier this year.
Alex is currently based with the Manurewa Raiders in the Auckland AFL league and is a developing coach with good experience at the highest level in his playing background.
International representation with both Tonga and New Zealand including an International Cup victory in 2005 with New Zealand, will ensure the players under his control will have a good understanding of the AFL pathway.
Michael Bruhn – Northern Suns
The Northern Suns have announced that the Otago based Michael Bruhn will take up the role of assistant coach in 2017.
Bruhn was assistant coach for the Central Giants in the 2016 Premiership season and plays a huge role in a developing market within Otago. The Inaugural 2016 Premiership season unearthed Otago players such as Reyne Westbury (2016 Leading Goal scorer) and youngsters Josh Mackie and Heta Scarf-Matthews who were both named in the rising star awards. This comes from the hard work Bruhn has put in over the years with these players in the region.
Marcus Jones – Western Crows
Marcus has arrived at the Western Crows after moving from his assistant coaching role at the Central Giants in the 2016 Premiership season.
Jones is a former Mt Roskill and New Zealand player has a strong fitness ethic that will help in preparation for the season ahead. His role as a wingman in the victorious International Cup team in 2005, involved a focus on ground coverage and aerobic capacity and with so many talented athletes in the Premiership, this could pay dividends for the Crows.
Izaak Williams – Central Giants
Cantabrian Izaak Williams is a new face when it comes to the AFL New Zealand Premiership but has been involved with AFL in New Zealand for almost 10 years.
Williams has represented Canterbury at Provincial level but injuries have prevented him from being able to fulfil his potential. His focus has turned to coaching and will come under the tutelage of NZ Hawks and Central Giants head coach Rob Malone where he will look to learn as much as possible.