Tocumwal have announced new cocoaches for the 2019 Picola & District Football League season.
David Bates and Dennis Sutton have taken on a dual non-playing role, taking over from 2018 playing coach Tim Garlick.
Bates and Sutton both had coaching roles at the club this season — the former leading the reserves and the latter guiding the fourths to the finals.
Outgoing Tocumwal president Malcolm Hart said the younger players in particular will benefit from the new appointments.
The Bloods finished 10th on the ladder with just three wins this season but were able to blood a number of younger players.
‘‘The club has a great junior program and we’re starting to see the younger players coming through,’’ Hart said.
‘‘Dennis and David are keen to build on the culture of the club and help find some consistency.
‘‘Tim (Garlick) decided to stand down from the role and we’ve asked him to play on next season but he’s yet to make that call.’’
Sutton said he and his co-coach are excited about the future and the younger players coming through the ranks.
‘‘David and myself are local business owners and we want to see Tocumwal Football and Netball Club have longevity; we both have kids involved with the club.
‘‘We want to provide a great environment for the junior kids and I think part of that process is stepping up and taking on the coaching role to provide that culture around the club we need going forward.
‘‘A lot of the younger players are progressing with many playing seniors last season.
‘‘We want to continue to build up our junior stocks and help them understand the belief in the club and where we’re heading.’’
Bates said he’s looking forward to stepping into the senior role and building on this season.
‘‘We want to see improvement from our senior side and we’ll be taking a more active role in the off-season trying to recruit players.
‘‘Dennis is keen to establish a new culture the players can be proud of, which comes down to simple things such as leaving the visitors’ changerooms tidy on away games, and I’m right being him with that.’’
Sutton said he’ll be learning under Bates which will hopefully give the club a succession plan.
‘‘I’m extremely confident in David’s game plan, so my direction is learning that process and being mentored.
‘‘We have a longer term goal where I’ll take over the reins in a few years so I’ll still be learning, coming from a junior coaching role into senior coaching.
‘‘David has the ability to set the game plan and my role is learning and encouraging the players to follow that.’’