Cairns Saints snare premiership winner Glass in coaching coup

Cairns Saints snare premiership winner Glass in coaching coup

AFL Cairns powerhouses Cairns Saints have secured their coach of the future with Port Douglas playing-assistant coach Wes Glass set to take the reins in 2020.

The experienced defender takes over from Jack Philp, who led Saints as a playing-coach for the 2019 season, but has since decided to step away from coaching.

Philp, one of the top midfielders in the competition, is expected to remain at Saints next season as a player.

Glass’s acquisition will be considered a coup for the Griffiths Park-based club, as several rival teams have tried to pry him out of Port Douglas over the last few seasons.

North Cairns had hoped Glass would consider a move to Watson’s Oval next year before Saints swooped.

“We are really happy with Wes,” Saints president Craig Hards said.

“He has met with our recruiting team and got the job started of getting new players.

“Everyone at Port and within the competition speaks highly of Wes so he should be great for the club.”

South Australian Glass has been a pillar in the Crocs’ premiership winning dynasty.

He has been a playing assistant coach to Brad Cooper over the last few seasons.

Glass told Crocs officials of his move in the weeks after the club’s 2019 premiership win over South Cairns. The versatile back man has upskilled his coaching over the last few years, leading junior and senior representative teams, while also continuing to play.

Glass’s move leaves just North Cairns and Manunda as clubs looking for a senior coach for the 2020 campaign.

Jordan Gerrans, The Cairns Post 14-10-19