Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 9:37 AM by Chris Pike

THE West Perth Football Club is delighted to announce to return of a Falcons great to help usher in the new era at HBF Arena with the appointment of Steve Trewhella to the role of General Manager, Football Operations.

Trewhella is a West Perth legend having played 174 games between 1994 and 2003 with his last game being the triumphant 2003 grand final victory over Subiaco. He also became a premiership skipper on that famous afternoon at Subiaco Oval.

During that 10-year stint as a Falcons player, Trewhella became a triple premiership player having been there for the 1995, 1999 and 2003 flags. He is also a three-time Breckler Medallist having claimed the Falcons' fairest and best award in 1996, 1997 and 2000.

Now he returns to the West Perth Football Club to take on the newly created position of General Manager, Football Operations which came about following an extensive review of the club's operations during 2017.

With the Falcons set to move into a new $8-million state-of-the-art commercial and training facility in the coming weeks, the appointment of Trewhella is the first of a series of pending announcements as the Falcons prepare for a new era at their Joondalup home at HBF Arena.

During a career spanning 174 games with the Falcons, Trewhella carved out a reputation as a fierce competitor and a disciplined leader, qualities that were seen as critical to this new position. 

Since his retirement from playing he has developed his business career through executive HR roles and more recently finance broking, while also spending time on the West Perth board in 2005. He also was part of Claremont's coaching staff in 2017 working with another Falcons legend, Darren Harris.

West Perth chief executive David Crute is delighted to have such a famous West Perth person come back to the club in the newly created position that he sees as being crucial to the on-going success of the Falcons.

"We are thrilled to announce that a club Legend in 'Stevey T' is returning to West Perth in a professional capacity," Crute said.

"Following an exhaustive and intensive selection process, Steve Trewhella will start in the role of General Manager, Football Operations on 27 November 2017 – the same day our playing group commences pre-season.

"Following a post-season review of our football department, 10 key recommendations were submitted to the Board for approval. One was to restructure our entire football department with a focus on creating an elite environment where our players have the best possible chance of success. 

"Part of creating an elite environment included evaluating and improving our culture. There are few better people to drive a culture of self-sacrifice, discipline, perseverance and success than Steve Trewhella."

Trewhella, himself, is excited to be able to return to West Perth. His playing career with the Falcons will always provide him with remarkable memories and now he hopes to help a whole new generation of players in the Red and Blue enjoy the same sort of success.

"I’m just really excited to be given this opportunity at this stage of my professional career. I gave everything for this club when I was playing and I plan to do the same in this new role as General Manager, Football Operations," Trewhella said.

"This role brings together all of the skills and experience I developed during my playing days and in my professional life. I hope I can make a difference to the coaching and playing group both male and female."