Redeyes an­nounce new coach

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - SPORT - By JAMIE LOWE

Blighty as­sis­tant coach Jack Tyn­dall has stepped up into the top job for the 2018 Pi­cola League sea­son.

The Redeyes made the an­nounce­ment this week, with the tal­ented 23 year-old tak­ing on a play­ing-coach role.

The run­ning de­fender, who won the club’s best and fairest this year, said he was ex­cited about the sea­son ahead.

He said work­ing closely with out­go­ing coach Daniel Kirchen had helped him pre­pare for the se­nior coach­ing role.

‘‘I’ve had a lot of help off Kirch, so I have to thank him for this op­por­tu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s a big job and it’ll be a lot of hard work, but I’m pretty con­fi­dent that it’ll be a smooth tran­si­tion.

‘‘Kirch had me take on a lot more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties through­out the year. I took con­trol of a fair few train­ing ses­sions.

‘‘He (Kirchen) said that if I ever need some ad­vice that he’s just a call away.’’

Tyn­dall said his first goal as se­nior coach is to re-sign the se­nior play­ers from this year’s squad.

Af­ter los­ing a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal by five points to Strath- mer­ton this sea­son, Tyn­dall said his side would aim to go one step fur­ther in 2018.

‘‘We were only one goal away from a grand fi­nal so I’m con­fi­dent in our chances next year if we can keep ev­ery­one around,’’ he said.

‘‘We might see if we can pick up a few play­ers but we don’t need to mix it up too much.

‘‘Char­lie Simp­son is one that is likely to leave, due to hav­ing work in Dar­win, but I think we should be able to keep most of the play­ers at Blighty.’’

Tyn­dall said he hoped to have an an­nounce­ment on as­sis­tant coaches soon.

Jack Tyn­dall.

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