Meyer to take the reins at Whorouly O&K FOOTBALL By SCOTT ANDERSON
WHOROULYhWHOROULY has l lockedk di in th the playing coach it was seeking for 2018, with former Rutherglen captain Jakeb Meyer (pictured) set to take the reins for the Lions.
Meyer, 25, spent the past four seasons as captain of the Cats’ senior side, and is looking forward to bringing his brand of leadership to Whorouly.
“Coaching is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so this was a great opportunity for me,” Meyer said.
“I’ve coached a few years of junior footy and been captain since I was 21, and I’ve worked pretty closely with all the coaches we have had over the last six or seven years.
“The timing felt right for me to take that step and this is a good environment for me to do that.
“I’ve talked to a few of the mentors I’ve had throughout the years, and the main thing for me will be making sure everyone is on the same page.
“You have to treat everyone exactly the same and make sure that football is enjoyable.
“I’ll bring my own style of football and leadership to the club and hopefully everyone will get on board with that.”
As a strong-bodied midfielder who can also crash the packs and kick goals, Meyer immediately gives the Lions the sort of player they have been crying out for.
But he is also keen to improve the list with recruits over the coming months.
“It is all about recruiting the sort of players the club needs, and guys who are going to fit in with the culture of the club,” Meyer said.
“I’ve talked to Gene (Marek) and Eddie (Costenaro) about what the side needs.
“From the sound of things the back six or eight are pretty tight, and just looking at the scores, they didn’t get blown out of the water too much.
“They said they need some goal kicking power and inside midfielders, so hopefully I can get a few of those types of players over the line.
“Obviously I don’t want to poach too much from my home club, but fringe players and blokes who are looking for opportunities elsewhere I’ll definitely have a chat to.
“There are blokes who I have played against over the years who I will touch base with, and others who have been at Whorouly before who we might be able to get back.”
Meyer will spend the next six weeks focusing on re-signing players and recruiting before kicking off the preseason in late November.
He is determined to get the Lions climbing back up the ladder into the top six after three years outside the finals.
“The Ovens and King is a strong competition, and those top four or five clubs are obviously going to be pretty hard to beat,” he said.
“But I’m really looking forward to the challenge.
“The first goal for us is going to be trying to get back up into the finals.
“The past few years the side has struggled, but Whorouly is a club with a lot of finals history and I want to get us back up there.”