SET TO KANE ’EM
ATKINSON IS THOROUGHLY DELIGHTED TO BE GIVEN CHANCE TO LEAD RUMBALARA AS HEAD COACH
Rumbalara Football Club has announced its coaching structure for next year.
Star midfield Kane Atkinson will replace former Essendon star Nathan Lovett-Murray as playing coach next season.
Atkinson, 30, who featured in Murray Football League’s interleague side this year, did not envisage coaching Rumba when he made the move from Mooroopna two years ago.
‘‘It is a huge opportunity, I never really thought that I would be a playing coach, but now it is a new role and one that I am really looking forward to,’’ Atkinson said.
‘‘Rumba is a great club, I have enjoyed my time out here and now as playing coach I am in a very lucky position to have two great assistants helping me out.’’
Brad Lowe and former Collingwood forward Chris Egan will be watching on from the sidelines as Atkinson hopes to deliver Rumba back to the heights of 2014 — the year they last won the MFL senior grand final.
‘‘I am aiming to build a strong culture, a winning culture and with those guys on board hopefully we can achieve something pretty special,’’ Atkinson said.
‘‘I need strong people and good football brains to support me going forward as an inexperienced coach, and with those two on board, they will not only help me but also help the club going forward.’’
Levi Power, who was awarded best-on-ground honours in the victorious Rumba grand final, has also rejoined his former club, however, not in a playing capacity.
Power and former Shepparton teammate Tim Kelly will cocoach the under-17s, while Atkinson hopes Power will don the boots again after announcing his retirement.
‘‘Tim’s playing and hopefully we get Levi to play too,’’ Atkinson said with a laugh.
‘‘He reckons his body is shot, but hopefully he will begin to get itchy feet once the season rolls around.’’
Peter Goggin will lead a Rumba side that finished ninth in the reserves last season, while highly accredited co-coaches Jamie Atkinson and Phil Guthrie guide the under-14s.
Atkinson and Guthrie recently completed a level 2 AFL coaching course, which places them among some of the competition’s most accredited junior coaches.
All aboard: Kane Atkinson (senior coach) and Peter Goggin (reserves coach) stand alongside Rumbalara president Paul Briggs after being announced as the club’s coaches. (Inset) President Paul Briggs is flanked by thirds co-coaches (L-R) Levi Power and Tim Kelly and fourths co-coaches Jamie Atkinson and Phil Guthrie.