The ever burning desire for the ultimate AFLW success convinced Fremantle senior coach Trent Cooper to sign on with the Dockers.
Fremantle President Dale Alcock announced the news at the Dockers best and fairest last night, locking Cooper in as senior coach for season six and season seven of the AFLW competition.
Cooper succeeded inaugural coach Michelle Cowan in 2019, leading Fremantle to three consecutive finals appearances since taking the helm of the side.
It included Fremantle’s 2020 season, when the club went undefeated and downed Gold Coast by 70 points in a semi-final before the season was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Cooper said he hoped to keep Fremantle in finals contention as the club continues to push for their maiden premiership.
“I’m very excited to say that I’ve signed on for two more years as coach of the AFLW team. Obviously, I’ve enjoyed my time immensely over the past three seasons and I’m looking forward to the next two,” Cooper said.
“Coaching this group has been great. The effort that they’ve put in, the sacrifices they make so willingly to get the best out of themselves as individuals and as a team.
“We’re obviously still chasing greater success, but we’ve had a lot of success over the three years without getting to the pointy end.
“We’re looking forward to challenging again in the next two years to see what we can achieve.”
Boasting one of the youngest lists in the AFLW among a suite of experienced talent, Cooper believes his side still has room to improve.
“Our game style has progressed so much because the girls’ skills are getting better. As a group they’re getting better, they’re stronger,” Cooper said.
“The leaders are getting better and the young ones coming through have so much improvement in them, which is exciting.
“For me as a coach, I’m just learning all the time, you have to be continually learning. Last season was really good for us because things didn’t completely go our way so we get a lot of immediate feedback and we take some good lessons out of that.
“We’re looking forward to implementing those lessons into the 2022 season.”
Alcock said it was an easy decision to re-sign Cooper as head coach.
“We love the success he’s brought us on the field and also the way he’s been able to bring the best out of our AFLW players – who make us incredibly proud with everything they do both on and off the field,” he said.
“Congratulations Trent, I’m sure you’re very busy and excited preparing for the start of the AFLW season!”