Saints se­cure new coaches

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ne­me­

MYRTLE­FORD has ap­pointed se­cond year player Tim Looby and club great Terry Burgess as its se­nior foot­ball coaches for 2018.

The pair will co-coach the Saints af­ter Leigh Cor­co­ran stepped down at the end of last sea­son.

Looby was an as­sis­tant coach last year and pre­vi­ously led Shep­par­ton United for two sea­sons prior to join­ing the Saints.

Burgess spent the past two years at Corowa Ruther­glen and re­turns to the Saints for his se­cond coach­ing stint hav­ing held the top job in 1986 and 1987.

Myrtle­ford pres­i­dent Michael Quirk said the club was also pleased to an­nounce two as­sis­tant coaches.

“Hav­ing a non-play­ing and play­ing coach will be the same set-up that we had with Leigh and Brad Mur­ray two years ago,” he said.

“We think that Terry’s ex­pe­ri­ence up in the box and Loobs down on the ground will work re­ally well for us.

“We’ve also ap­pointed two se­nior as­sis­tants with Scott McMasters and Jar­rod Hayse.

“Scott will con­tinue as re­serves coach and will also be a line coach on match­day and Hay­sey will be a line coach as well as de­vel­op­ment coach.”

Looby said he was keen lead the Saints back to the Ovens and Mur­ray fi­nals.

“The club has put to­gether a re­ally well struc­tured coach­ing panel that’s go­ing to of­fer a good op­por­tu­nity for de­vel­op­ment and I’m ex­cited to work along­side Terry and Scott and Jar­rod,” he said.

“It is a big job, we’ll be the first to ad­mit we prob­a­bly un­der­achieved last year whether that was from the weight of ex­pecta- tion ex­ter­nally and in­ter­nally.

“But I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to get­ting back into it and hope­fully we can get back to where we want to be.”

Burgess, who came through the ranks at Myrtle­ford and won the 1983 Mor­ris Medal with the club said he was ex- cited to con­tinue to de­velop a young list.

“Go­ing back home to where it all started is ex­cit­ing along with the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue coach­ing and work­ing with a young play­ing group,” he said.

“Coach­ing against Myrtl- eford in re­cent sea­sons I have seen a lot these kids play so I’ve cer­tainly got a fair idea of what is there.

“There’s a lot of up­side with the kids in that 19-22 age bracket, they’re still a few years of reach­ing some­where near their peak but the more work and de­vel­op­ment we can get into them now will ben­e­fit guys down the track.

“The club doesn’t need a hell of a lot in terms of brin­ing play­ers in, a for­ward and a cou­ple mid­field­ers to give us some more depth and sup­port for the young play­ers is about all.”

STEP­PING UP: Tim Looby has been named co-coach of Myrtle­ford for next year’s Ovens and Mur­ray foot­ball sea­son.

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