On the eve of their second consecutive AFLW finals campaign, Collingwood’s senior coach Steve Symonds has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him head up the team until the end of 2023.
Symonds joined the Pies in mid-2019 following three years with Norwood in the SANFLW and since then has led the club to consecutive finals campaigns.
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His team will face North Melbourne at Victoria Park in a qualifying final on Saturday in their qualifying final after finishing third, with the winner to face Brisbane in the preliminary final.
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson said Symonds’ influence on Collingwood’s women’s football programs over the past three seasons has been significant.
Collingwood has locked in coach Steve Symonds for two more seasons. Picture: AFL Photos/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Steve has played a crucial role in advancing the women’s football program and developing our players,” Anderson said.
“The program’s results speak for themselves. He came to us with a strong record and reputation for development – something like 48 players coached by Steve are in the AFLW system – and with Collingwood he has shown why.
“The two finals campaigns are one thing but his impact has been greater than results themselves. Steve has established an environment with a strong work ethic where talent is nurtured.
“We are confident that the program will continue to develop under Steve’s leadership.”
Collingwood’s head of women’s sport Jane Woodlands-Thompson said she was delighted to continue working with Symonds.
“Steve has brought a clear vision, passion and knowledge to the program and is held in such high regard by the playing group, staff and wider club,” she said.
* Qualifying final: Collingwood v North Melbourne, Saturday, April 3, 3.10pm local, Victoria Park
Originally published asRe-signed Pie coach’s impact ‘greater than results’
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