THERE'S a fair bit riding on the broad shoulders of Peter Jennings.
He is the man chosen by West Griffith SC powerbrokers to head a bold new era as the club looks to finally unite its strong junior base with what has been a floundering first-grade side.
Appointed as head coach for this season, Jennings brings with him a wealth of experience having previously coached the Granville Rage in the NSW Super League, the second tier of football in the state.
He also pulled on the famous shirt of two-time national champions Sydney Olympic back in his playing days and has managed more representative and junior sides than you can poke a stick at.
Now, after recently moving to Griffith for work reasons, Jennings has a new goal transforming a side that is often derided as a production line of players for other clubs into a bonafide senior powerhouse.
"I need to bring that mateship back in first-grade and get everyone working together as a unit," he said.
"It might take a good season for that to gel, but it's important.
"The club has lost some key players and we are lacking a bit of maturity in the seniors and the reserves.
"But we'll get it back. There's some really decent players coming out of this area and the juniors at this club are really well developed. There's some class there. Those players will get an opportunity."
Jennings said the door was open for any players who have left Wests to come back and join the rebuilding effort.
"We're trying to bring the club together as one," he said.
"The seniors need to be a part of the juniors as much as the juniors need to be a part of the seniors.
"We want to show the kids from the under 14s upwards that there's a pathway for them at this club to go and play at the highest level in Griffith."