Mor­gan joins Mag­pies

Benalla Ensign - - Sport - By Ge­or­gia Smith

Be­nalla’s Luke Mor­gan has been an­nounced the newly-ap­pointed coach of the Wan­garatta Mag­pies for the 2019 sea­son.

It comes after his de­ci­sion to stand down as play­ing coach of the Be­nalla Saints after six years at the club.

Mor­gan said while it was dif­fi­cult to step away from the Saints, he was ex­cited for the new chal­lenge that awaited him in the Ovens and Mur­ray league.

‘‘It has been a dif­fi­cult time and a tough de­ci­sion,’’ Mor­gan said.

‘‘The Be­nalla Saints have been very good to me and al­lowed me to de­velop as a coach and I have spent a lot of my play­ing ca­reer there.

‘‘I played over 100 games with them, and at my cur­rent age I won’t play 100 games any­where else.

‘‘I’m grate­ful to have been al­lowed to do that and have had great sup­port along the way.

‘‘I’m ex­cited for the new chal­lenge and fresh start.’’

It will be some­what of a re­turn to Wan­garatta for Mor­gan, who played for the Mag­pies back in 2011.

Mor­gan walks away from his time at the Saints with a Goul­burn Val­ley League premier­ship, Mor­ri­son Medal and club Best and Fairest, as well as coach­ing the GVL in­ter­league side.

Primed: Be­nalla’s Luke Mor­gan is set for his next chal­lenge as coach of the Wan­garatta Mag­pies.

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