2021 Northern Bullants senior coach Josh Fraser has written the following message to the club’s members and supporters.
Preston City Oval is a special place. When I reflect on the journey we have been through to reestablish the club as a standalone entity from the ground up it gives me enormous pride. Throughout all the challenges thrown our way we embraced and adapted together as a football club and did things The Preston Way with every effort and intention of keeping this famous club alive.
I’d like to acknowledge and thank the board for their tireless work over the past 12 months along with many other fantastic people who have made significant contributions to the Bullants VFL return.
The Bullants are about the people. Coaches, medical, high performance, and volunteers have made this club special.
I have so much admiration and respect for our players. Their love for the club, jumper and each other was evident in the way they played. They played with unconditional Ants Spirit and I am a better coach for having been involved with this group.
I would like to congratulate and wish Ben Hart every success as the new senior coach. The club has appointed a fantastic coach and person who is the perfect fit to take the club forward.
Lastly to the larger Bullants family. Our corporate partners, members, fans, past players and northern community more broadly, thank you. The club would not exist without all of you.
I will now look on as a supporter of this famous club with pride. I look forward to seeing you all at PCO in season 2022.
– Josh Fraser
In turn, incoming senior coach Ben Hart has written the following message for the club’s members and supporters.
I’d like to congratulate Josh on his return to the AFL, having worked very closely with him over the past twelve months I am positive that with his knowledge, skillset and professionalism he will be an extremely valuable asset to a clubs Football Department.
Josh leaves with an enormous amount of pride for the work he has done to see the revival of the Northern Bullants. He has played an integral part in rebuilding this historic and successful football club, he certainly epitomises the Preston way. We wish him all the very best with his new venture.
When I first arrived at Preston I was captured by its people, its passion and the very evident Bullants Spirit. I am excited and thrilled to have the opportunity to coach this wonderful football club and continue to build on the fantastic work that has been done by so many in the past as we look forward to a bright future.
We will continue to strive for greatness on and off the field, to connect with our community, to grow, operate and play in a way that will make our people proud to be a part of the Northern Bullants.
We look forward to all of our sponsors, members and supporters continuing the march with us.
– Ben Hart.