Kyabram Free Press

Barnes is set to learn from a coaching master

- By Gus Underwood

Billy Barnes has some unfinished business as a player and coach, and they are the reasons why he has accepted the role as joint assistant coach to Paul Newman at Kyabram next season.

‘‘It was a really a difficult decision to make but I want to grow into and learn more about coaching and playing under Paul (Newman),” Barnes said.

“I’ve loved my three seasons with Girgarre and it is a great club. I would have liked to have got it to play finals which is my big disappoint­ment in leaving there,’’ added Barnes.

The brother-in-law of former Kyabram and AFL champion Brett Deledio and the son-in-law of former Kyabram star and club president Wayne Deledio, Barnes is a widely travelled player.

He spent his junior days at Deniliquin, played for Ballarat Rebels in the elite Under 18 TAC Cup competitio­n and has had VFL experience with both Geelong in 2016 and before that the former Bendigo Bombers and North Ballarat VFL sides.

He also had a three-year stint with Eden Boombers from 2012 to 2014 in a Western Australian regional league about two hours south of Perth.

His time in the West produced two flags with Eden and state representa­tion on three occasions for Western Australia in the National Country Football Championsh­ips.

He rates Torquay Tigers in the Bellarine Peninsula League as his home club where he spent four seasons, which included two grand final appearance­s and one premiershi­p.

Barnes has played mainly onball with Girgarre but can adapt to playing various roles but has played most of his football in defence.

 ??  ?? Girgarre’s Billy Barnes will be changing colours in 2022, joining Kyabram under retruning coach Paul Newman.
Girgarre’s Billy Barnes will be changing colours in 2022, joining Kyabram under retruning coach Paul Newman.
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