Pre­miers still search­ing for new men­tor

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - ALEX OATES CDFL

IT’S the plum job that no one seems to want.

Back-to-back reign­ing CDFL pre­mier Bir­re­gurra will ramp up its search for a se­nior coach af­ter a fruit­less cam­paign thus far.

“It’s pretty quiet,” Saints pres­i­dent Mick Pad­dock said.

“Ide­ally we’d like an ex­ter­nal play­ing coach and we’ve set our stan­dards high af­ter win­ning a cou­ple of flags.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of ad­ver­tise­ments but not a lot of in­ter­est out­side.”

Hav­ing won the past two se­nior flags in the CDFL, and run­ning within one point of a re­serves pre­mier­ship in Septem­ber, Bir­re­gurra is try­ing to find coaches at the mo­ment, but I just didn’t think we’d have this much trou­ble, to be hon­est. “It’s re­ally bizarre.”

Star mid­fielder An­drew Kelly has put his hand up as an as­sis­tant, but work com­mit­ments mean he can’t com­mit to the se­nior role.

“We haven’t had many in­com­ing calls, but I’ve made quite a few in­quiries,” he said.

“We’ve got our eyes and ears on the ground in Gee­long, but if we can’t find some­one at this meet­ing, we’ll leave it another month.

“We’ll just chip away to see if a name pops up. It’s not a com­pro­mise as much, but it’s a plan B to ap­point some­one from within the club.”

Pad­dock said the job was “ready-made” for a prospec­tive coach. “We’ve only lost two play­ers from last year and we’ve got about seven com­ing in from the un­der-17s and re­serves that couldn’t get into the side last sea­son be­cause it was too strong,” he said.

“For a coach, there will be no re­cruit­ment com­po­nent. There will be no black book, so un­less a coach was in­sis­tent that he had a group of play­ers that wanted to fol­low him, he wouldn’t have to do any re­cruit­ment oth­er­wise.

“They can walk into a ready-made side and a strong side. All the Gee­long boys have com­mit­ted to the club, we’ve got brand new fa­cil­i­ties, a new ground and our brand new net­ball courts will go down in a month or so.

“It’s a fam­ily club with a great cul­ture and we’ve got huge ju­nior num­bers.”

Pic­ture: JODY TYRER

Bir­re­gurra cap­tain An­drew Kelly and coach Ben Bose­ley af­ter win­ning this year’s CDFL grand fi­nal.

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