Meyer to take the reins at Whorouly O&K FOOT­BALL By SCOTT AN­DER­SON

Myrtleford Times - - Sport -

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.”

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