New positions strengthen Rosebud’s performance team

ARFC Seniors

Adamstown Rosebud Football Club (ARFC) is positioning itself for strengthened football performance, announcing new coaching and mentoring positions and appointments to key roles for the 2022 season.

  • Current Technical Director, Chris Dale, is the club’s newly created Director of Football Performance.
  • Stuart Musalik – who played for Australia, the Newcastle Jets in its 2008 A-league winning team, Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and for the Rosebud’s – is back with the club in a newly created Senior Advisor role responsible for mentoring senior players and coaches.
  • 2021 1st Grade Coach, Dave Rosewarne, has been re-appointed to an expanded role of Senior Head Coach which will oversee senior playing groups (1st Grade to under 16s).
  • Chris Moylan, who has coached Reserve Grade and is the current 1st Grade Assistant Coach, will be 1st Grade Coach in 2022.
  • Chad Lawrence has been re-appointed as Junior Development League (JDL) Coordinator.

The appointments mean the Club is looking for a Technical Director to support and enhance football performance and operations across the club.

ARFC President Rick Naylor said Chris Dale and his team have the skills, qualifications, experience, and, most importantly, the passion to lead the club’s football operations.

He said the team lives the ARFC values of collaborative effort, mutual respect, hard work and discipline and gets the ‘Adamstown way’ of developing and promoting our youth.

“Our club exists to provide opportunities for footballers to develop skills and values to reach their full potential – on and off the field,” Rick said.

“We are a financially strong club and working towards 5-Star governance and football management. This is allowing us to continue to invest in coaching, resources and support for our players.”

Chris Dale will become a member of the ARFC Board and will be responsible for football planning and development. Chris has a FFA B License, a Bachelor of Physical Education and is currently studying a Masters of Teaching. Chris also has experience as both Venue Hire Coordinator and Director of Programs at Newcastle University Sport. He has served as the Club’s Technical Director and played 1st Grade for the club from 2012 to 2016. In his homeland of New Zealand, Chris played 1st Grade in the Northern Premier League and represented his country in secondary schoolboy’s football.

Chris said the club will further strengthen and develop its JDL and NPL Youth squads (U9 to U16) as part of its focus on promoting youth.

“Adamstown Rosebud is a club where there is a genuine development pathway. The club set a target in 2016 to have 75% of our players in senior NPL teams to have played NPL Youth Football for the club. And we’ve met that target this year. We’ve also had 5 more players, who have been with us since they were 12 years of age, who made their 1st Grade starting debuts this season.”

“We understand that having the youngest senior squad in the NNSW NPL puts pressure on football performance but we see it as a strength moving forward and something we are extremely proud of.”

“There will be continued focus on coach and player development, in line with the clubs’ football philosophy, and an emphasis on playing in an entertaining way.”

“And even more focus on support for each other – players, coaches and our members – so we all enjoy playing football.”

“We’re the first football club in Northern NSW to partner with young people’s mental health organisation, Headspace, to provide resilience workshops to all players – in addition to nutrition and physical rehab and prehab programs,” Rick said.

People interested in joining this dynamic team at the Rosebuds for the 2022 season should contact Chris Dale via In particular, we are interested in talking to people interested in the Technical Director role (B Licence) or Youth NPL (C Licence) and Senior NPL (B/C Licence) coaching positions.