Flint moves into NPL first team coaching role as Reid steps down

Joondalup United is pleased to add Steve Flint to the National Premier League (NPL) first team coaching staff, with Graeme Reid stepping aside due to family and work commitments.

The experienced Flint, who holds an FFA C Licence, coached the JUFC 20s in 2017 and will work alongside Rudy Proctor and Matty Sparrow as assistants to head coach Nick Jennings.

Jennings was keen to thank Reid for all his hard work and support over the past few years as JUFC rose through the ranks of Saturday football.

“Reidy has been a huge part of the success that the club has enjoyed since my appointment as first team coach,” said Jennings.

“He was a crucial part of my management team and begind the scenes he has worked tirelessly.

“I owe him a huge thank you for everything and understand his decision that, due to family and work commitments, he is no longer able to put in the required time to carry out the role of assistant coach.”

Reid will remain with JUFC as the head coach of the Masters Central team, while Blaine Merredew and Stephen McDowall will oversee the NPL 20s in 2018.

Jennings is happy that he was able to find a replacement so close to home, and believes that Flint is a great addition to the coaching staff.

“Luckily, I have a ready made replacement within the club with Steve Flint stepping up from his role with the 20s,” he said.

“I look forward to working closely with Flinty and I welcome him to the NPL staff alongside the legend that is Rudy Proctor and player-coach Matty Sparrow.”

The NPL first team kicked off their preseason training on Tuesday night and will fit in a few more sessions before the Christmas break.