The 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership winning coach Warwick Kain will lead the Southern Saints again in the 2018 competition commencing in February next year.
Otago based Warwick Kain coached the Saints to their first Premiership in 2017 after winning eight out of their nine games and has been with the Premiership side since it’s inception having played a role as assistant coach in 2016.
“The Southern Saints have an incredible culture which showed during the 2017 season and I am looking forward to the challenge of developing the players even further so that we can be the first Premiership side to win back to back titles.”
The Logan Park High School teacher is a mainstay of the AFLNZ Academy and High Performance Programmes and with over 5 years’ experience with Under 16, Under 18 New Zealand and most recently the AFL New Zealand Academy representative teams, he has a background knowledge on a majority of players within the Premiership.
His passion and drive for developing AFL in NZ shines through and being a high school teacher, Kain will provide the perfect platform and structure to get the most out of his players.
Warwick was first involved in the development of AFL in NZ down in Otago, where he, along with other members of the Dunedin community started a small league and have watched it grow over the past five years. He has unearthed talent such as former Hawthorn International Scholarship holder Ben Miller and current rising star Josh Mackie.
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Having a good handle of talent coming through the AFL New Zealand system, Warwick will be excited when the AFL New Zealand National Draft takes place and will be ready to select a number of players who have the potential to be superstars.
“Having worked with the AFL New Zealand Academy over the past few years, I am excited about the impressive talent that will be available in this years National Draft”