It was the right time, says Sumich
Peter Sumich has declared it was the “right time” to leave West Coast for fierce rivals Fremantle, after a decade as an assistant at the Eagles.
Sumich, 43, announced his shock defection to the Dockers on Wednesday afternoon.
Sumich will step into the role of forward line coach under newly-appointed Fremantle boss Ross Lyon, in a move which has stunned the WA football community.
But the dual West Coast premiership forward said it was the right time to make a move.
“It’s the right decision and the right time to accept this appointment,” Sumich said.
“I’m really looking forward to working with new senior coach Ross Lyon.
“I’m also relishing both the prospect of such a significant change and the challenges that lay ahead.”
Sumich spent 10 seasons as an assistant to West Coast coach John Worsfold, after a two-year stint as coach of the South Fremantle Bulldogs.
He had previously declared he was interested in the head coaching vacancy at St Kilda and had also been considering a move to Brisbane.
The Eagles declared they were “disappointed” with Sumich’s decision, after he had been offered to a new contract agreement with the club.
“The West Coast Eagles are disappointed that long-serving assistant coach and dual premiership player Peter Sumich has decided to leave the club,” the club said in a statement.
“West Coast had made an offer to Peter to extend his 10-year career as an assistant coach, but he has decided to pursue an opportunity with Fremantle, believing it is time to make a change.”
Fremantle operations manager Chris Bond said Sumich would be a “valuable addition” to the Dockers’ coaching staff.
“With more than 20 years as a player and a coach at the elite level, including premiership success, Peter will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fremantle Football Club,” Bond said.