Back to future for new Bulls coach

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New Broome Bulls coach Luke Matthews is ready to shake things up.
Camera IconNew Broome Bulls coach Luke Matthews is ready to shake things up. Credit: Carly Laden

The Broome Bulls are set for a big shake-up in the 2019 West Kimberley Football Season, with a new coach leading the charge.

Luke Matthews has been named the new coach for the Bulls as pre-season training got under way on Tuesday.

Matthews, who had a short stint with the Bulls as a player, returned to Broome with his family earlier this month after living in Coffs Harbour for a number of years.

He said becoming the new coach was very exciting because it will be a clean slate for him.

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“It’s a new team, new club, new area for me,” he said.

“The football in the Kimberley has a bit of a different style to the east coast so I’m excited to get amongst it, facilitate my experience and learn off the players as well.

“It’s a lot more of a fast game here than over east and it’s something that I enjoy watching, especially when you watch AFL on television these days.

“It does feel strange to be back with the Bulls in a new role but I’m excited for the season ahead.”

Matthews said taking on the role came about through an exchange with former club president Wes Green.

“My uncle has been involved with the Bulls for a very long time and I had actually purchased his property when I found out I was moving back to Broome,” he said.

“Of course, Wes being a real estate agent, helped facilitate that and afterwards we started talking about the Bulls so he was definitely a big factor in convincing me to become the new coach.”

As the Bulls begin their pre-season training, along with many of the other WKFL clubs, Matthews said people could expect a more experimental Bulls side.

“I like to change things up and not use a very old-school, conventional style of football,” he said.

“I’ve worked with a lot of different people that do a lot of different things in all different sports so I like to change people’s view and their paradox on how they view football and skills.

“It will be the basics of football but really trying to implement more underlying things that people don’t really touch base on.

“I do like a structured game but these days when you watch football, there is no set structure so I would really like to push that kind of style.

“The boys might get confused at first with what I throw at them but when it all meets up, it will make sense. I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve but we’ll see how it all rolls out.”

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