Returning premiership Gympie Devils’ coach John Greensill has his say on the Gympie Devils prospects for 2013.
Returning premiership Gympie Devils’ coach John Greensill has his say on the Gympie Devils prospects for 2013. Craig Warhurst

Greensill back at the helm to steer Devils

GRAND final winning coach John Greensill goes One on One and is hoping to set the Gympie Devils up for a solid year on the footy field.

Q. Welcome back to One on One John and back as the coach of the Gympie Devils. How is everything going for you at the moment?

A. Yeah good, I am back for another year after a year off from coaching.

Q. What were you doing last year?

A. I was still involved with the club on the committee doing sponsorship liaison. I didn't have much to do with the football side of things at all last year.

Q. What is it like being back on the coaching bench?

A. It is a little frustrating this year. We don't have the body of players we have been used to.

We have lost a couple of high profile players in Adam Starr and Billy Rogers, coupled with that we have a few guys who can't commit every week.

We have also lost a lot of fringe A Grade players as well.

Q. What has happened to them all?

A. I don't really know, a lot has to do with work but we had a few boys from Maryborough who haven't returned.

Q. Chris Walker has indicated he is going to play for the club. How good is that for the team?

A. Chris is a really good addition. He didn't show much the other night because he didn't play much but it is the confidence he gives the other players and he is keen to play as much as he can which will be great.

Q. What is your goal for the year?

A. My plan is to try and build the numbers back up. Our aim this year is to be competitive, especially at home.

At the moment a premiership is not what we are looking at. We don't want to go back to where we were five or six years ago.

Q. On paper your team still looks really strong. Is a matter of everyone being available?

A. We still have a strong team, but one week it will be strong and the next we may be struggling for numbers. If we can hold it all together and get people back for the semi-finals you never know what might happen.

At the moment we are blessed with the best juniors ever. We have a very strong under-18 side.

They are very strong and have plenty of numbers, they have quality players and hopefully they will filter through to the top grade over the next couple of years.

Q. Are there any that could play in the top side now?

A. There are a couple of boys we have got our eye on. We are very wary as a club not to throw them to the wolves, so to speak. I would have loved to play a few the other night but they had other plans. It would have been good to give them a taste of top footy.

Q. So this year is all about getting to the semis?

A. At this point in time the aim is to win most of home games and build through the year.

Q. I hear Darren Burns is back on deck?

A. He is back on, he is a bit the same as most players and can't commit to every weekend, he will make himself available as much as he can this year.

Q. What position are you playing him?

A. He will be in the back row, I'm trying to use him when Kris is away so we can keep experienced players there. I am pretty sure Darren is playing this weekend.

Q. Are you looking at getting anyone else to play?

A. I'm still trying to get back Adam Starr, he hasn't full committed yet we are trying to woo him back.

We have also been in contact with Billy a fair bit; he is working as an electrician in Brisbane.

He might not be out of the question later in the year.


Player profile

Name: John Greensill

Age: 38

Born: Brisbane

Favourite food: Indian

Favourite TV program: Game of Thrones

Favourite music: Johnny Cash

Sport you would play if not league: English Premier League soccer

Funniest moment around the Devils: Too many to remember especially after a grand final win!