Congalton returns to lead the Southern Saints
14 Sep, 2018
Former New Zealand Captain Andrew Congalton will take the reins once again at the the Southern Saints as he is announced as the head coach for the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership season.
Congalton is a well known and respected member of the International football community.
He has a history with New Zealand representative teams that spans back more than a decade and captained New Zealand in both the 2005 and 2008 International Cups, leading New Zealand to victory in the 2005 campaign and also selected in the World Team in both these campaigns.
Due to ongoing injuries, Congalton changed his focus to coaching with assistant coaching roles with the New Zealand Senior team from 2011 onwards before taking on the lead role for New Zealand in 2015 against the AFL Academy.
His involvement with New Zealand age group teams and an extensive playing career in local leagues is complimented by a successful playing career in an Rugby Union. This provides the perfect knowledge base to mentor young athletic converts as they try AFL for the first time.
Congalton was the inaugural coach of the Southern Saints in 2016 where they finished second behind Premiers, the Western Crows.
The Saints finished in third place during the 2018 season but with experienced players in their squad, they will look to be contenders in 2019.