Alek Kangur set to lead the Lions

NEW COACH: Alek Kangur, inset, took over as A Grade coach for the Lions from Jake Keller, pictured.
NEW COACH: Alek Kangur, inset, took over as A Grade coach for the Lions from Jake Keller, pictured.

A fresh face is at the helm of BMW as they seek to improve on their performance from the last few seasons. Alek Kangur takes over the coaching reins for the Lions and comes to the club after a few years at Central Yorke as well as a previous playing career with North Adelaide.

Kangur said their pre-season had been focused on improving fitness as well as boosting motivation. "I really want to get the excitement back up," he said.

He said the club boasted some younger, shy men and he wanted to work on getting them out of their shells. "I want to get them to play some exciting footy."

"We've had good numbers since late November," he said of their training sessions.

As far as player movements go, it's been relatively stable for the Lions as they only farewell last year's playing coach Jake Keller.

Joining the Lions' den is Lukas Kangur (Central Yorke) and Simon Potts (ex North Adelaide). Coach Kangur himself will also put on the boots while Jordan Arthur will provide leadership as a sideline coach.

Ashley Ayles returns to the mix and Kangur said he was looking fit. Lukas should prove handy in the centre while Potts slots in as a half-back. Ayles will be useful for the Lions as a utility but is particularly handy around the mid-field and up forward.

For Potts, it will prove to be a homecoming. From Wilmington, he moved to Adelaide as a teenager and played for North Adelaide as well as brief stint at Sturt before joining Prince Alfred College Old Collegians. A skillful player with state experience under his belt, the Lions faithful will be excited to see him return to his old stomping ground. As the season edges closer, the club put their skills to the test with a trial game in Adelaide at the weekend against Kingston (South East) and will come up against South Augusta at Quorn.

COACHES

A Grade - Alek Kangur

B Grade - Paul Arthur

Senior Colts - Robin Pole

Junior Colts - Lachlan McCallum