Shepparton News

SECOND COMING FOR SEAN

HORSBURGH HAS SECOND COMING AS TOWNERS COACH, BUT HIS RESURRECTI­ON WILL BE FROM SIDELINES

- By Liam Nash

Violet Town Football Club has handed one of its most seasoned campaigner­s the clipboard for next year’s Kyabram District League season.

Sean Horsburgh re-enters the coaching fray for the first time since 2019, after the announceme­nt this year’s mentor Joel Price was stepping down to move closer to family.

Horsburgh waltzed into the Towners’ hall of fame earlier this year as the club’s third player to hit the 300-game mark — but his role next season has him leave the boots behind.

“It’ll take a while to get used to not playing, but what I learned from times when I wasn’t playing is you see a lot more from the sidelines and I think it will make my job easier,” Horsburgh said.

“It should be an exciting year; I didn’t expect to get back to coaching, but I think it is going to be fun.”

Violet Town settled in eighth in this year’s season — and as an engaged member of the side, Horsburgh felt the finish was an injustice to the talent the Towners possess.

“I think we underachie­ved this season with the list we’ve got,” he said.

“We should be a finals contender and, if we don’t make finals next year, I think that will be considered a disappoint­ment.”

President Matt Holmes was quick to provide Horsburgh plaudits on his appointmen­t and backed up the milestone man’s ambitions for next season.

“He is not only our most experience­d player, he also holds the record for most years coached at our club, so to have him back coaching is quite exciting for us,” Holmes said.

“On-field he’s always led from the front, so in a nonplaying role I think he’ll bring that leadership off the field and direct the younger players.”

Part of Horsburgh’s assignment next year extends past governing the seniors.

Holmes revealed the club had intentions to bring back a thirds team, with Horsburgh to play an involved role in the under-18 reinstatem­ent.

“It’s been quite a few years since we’ve had an under-18 side and in a football club that is very important to have,” Horsburgh said.

“We’ve talked about how essential it is to revive that grade in order for the club to survive going forward.”

Longevity is paramount for all country clubs — especially after the past two grueling seasons.

Holmes touched on how Violet Town had been further impacted by some 25 players holding Melbourne addresses for this season alone and looked forward to seeing what the future holds.

The president and club as a whole also thanked Price for his services, with the outgoing coach paying tribute to his time at Violet Town on Facebook.

“Although it’s been a frustratin­g two years with Covid, I’ve really enjoyed my time at Violet Town,” he said.

“Thanks to the committee, players and supporters of the club for your support during my time — Simone and I appreciate the friendship­s we have made.

“A big thanks to Matt Holmes and Gary Abley, these two blokes have done an enormous amount of work and supported me during my time as coach.

“I wish the club all the best for the future, and am sure on field success is not too far away.”

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 ??  ?? Back at the wheel: Violet Town veteran Sean Horsburgh has been named senior coach for next year.
Back at the wheel: Violet Town veteran Sean Horsburgh has been named senior coach for next year.

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