Coach Coveny Signs On

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Former New Zealand international Vaughan Coveny takes Royals reigns.

Essendon Royals is delighted to announce the appointment of Vaughan Coveny as its new senior coach.

Coveny, who scored a record 28 goals in 64 appearances for the New Zealand national team, brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to the club as it looks to get its State League 1 season back on track.

Apart from being New Zealand's record international goalscorer, Coveny enjoyed a brilliant playing career in Australia, which included 108 goals in 295 league games and two National Soccer League championships for South Melbourne.

He played for the Newcastle Jets and the Wellington Phoenix in the A-League as recently as 2009.

Since hanging up the boots, Coveny has coached South Melbourne as well as working with Melbourne Victory's youth team.

Coveny arrived at the club earlier this year in a Head of Football role, but will now also take on first-team responsibilities following the resignation of Michael Curcija two weeks ago.

The new head coach said he was encouraged by his experiences so far at the Royals and was looking forward to the rest of the season.

"I'm really excited to take over the group. The group of boys is really good and I think they'll only get better as the season goes on," Coveny said.

"We've got a lot of new players from last year, so there's been a big turnover but I think the performances have been okay, but we're always looking for improvement. The results haven't been fantastic and we can't accept it, so we're working to improve and some positive outcomes."

Coveny said his experience was confident that the club's structure and organisation made him confident of achieving success at the club.

"The club is run by really good people. The committee and the president are all very supportive of what we do here and they don't interfere with the senior group. They let us do our work," Coveny said.

"Of course there's pressure for results, but in terms of the whole club we have over 45 teams in total and over 750 registered players, so it's a big club and a big organisation. It's a very well-run club and a fantastic community club for young kids to come through."

There will be no substitute for hard work for the Royals under Coveny, who said his team would need to dig deep to get back on track.

"The players definitely have the ability, so we just need to give them that self-belief," he said.

"Once we get that first win on the board, I think we can start to progress up the ladder."

Essendon Royals president Richie Di Sauro hailed the signing as an important one for the club.

"We're delighted to have Vaughan take on the role and believe he can help the squad at his disposal achieve its potential," Di Sauro said.

"Vaughan's football CV is very impressive and we have been so happy with the professionalism and commitment he has brought to the club in the Head of Football role.

"We're excited to see what Vaughan can do with the team as we look to continue the positive momentum built over the last couple of years."

Essendon Royals' State League 1 season continues this Saturday at Keilor Park.

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