Jarrad Wright extends until 2024
South Adelaide is pleased to announce that senior coach Jarrad Wright has inked a new deal until the end of 2024.
The deal will see Senior Coach Jarrad Wright remain at Noarlunga until at least the end of 2024, meaning his tenure will be the longest since Haydn Bunton, Jr. who served as coach from 1975-1982.
South Adelaide Chief Executive Officer, Neill Sharpe said the Club was confident of the direction it was heading under Wright's leadership.
"We're really pleased to be able to extend Jarrad's time at the club and are excited with the direction going forward," said Sharpe.
"The way Jarrad has been able to develop the football program and the culture of the group over the last four seasons has been outstanding."
Since taking on the role of senior coach at the end of 2017, Wright has guided the Panthers to three finals appearances in 2018, 2020 and 2021, including back-to-back final series for the first time since 1991/1992, and back-to-back Preliminary Finals, a feat that was last done in 1964/1965.
Senior Coach Jarrad Wright in action during this years Semi Final against Norwood. Image: SAFC Media
Jarrad Wright said that he was looking forward to continuing in the role.
"I'm really excited to continue on at South Adelaide, it is a terrific club and I am proud to be able to lead them for a further 3 years." said Wright
"To be consistently playing finals shows that we are tracking on the right path and the end result is not far away."
"We have some exciting talent being produced through our pathway and with further improvements to our list and hard work over the pre-season I'm confident we can continue to challenge."
Prior to being appointed as senior coach at South Adelaide, Wright underwent an extensive coaching apprenticeship that included stints as an assistant coach at both Woodville-West Torrens and South Adelaide, guiding the Eagles Reserves to back-to-back premierships and taking control of his own program at Henley Sharks and leading them to a premiership in the Adelaide Footy League.
In 2019 and 2021 Wright was selected as an assistant coach for the West End State team that took on WA.
Also a talented player, Wright was drafted by the Brisbane Lions with pick 35 of the 2001 AFL National Draft, after leading South Australia's Under-18s, and spent two years on their list through their premiership successes of the early 2000s under the tutelage of the great Leigh Matthews.
Wright's playing career also included over 100 Senior State League games with South Adelaide, Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL) and the Brisbane Lions (QAFL) and an Under-17s premiership with the Eagles.