Shepparton News

OLD DOG A DEMON

FORMER TATURA PLAYER AND COACH SERRA RETURNS TO THE FRAY AS SHEPPARTON UNITED MENTOR

- By ZAC STANDISH

There will be a new face at the helm at Shepparton United next season, with Goulburn Valley League coaching stalwart Paul Serra taking on the senior coaching job.

Serra has spent the past two seasons with the Demons as an assistant coach and comes into the role with a wealth of experience having led Tatura at senior level and overseeing the Goulburn Valley League interleagu­e set-up.

Now tasked with shooting the Demons back up the ladder, Serra said it was a thrill to be named the club’s senior coach.

“I am extremely excited, it was something I thought about pretty deeply before I said yes, but now I have committed to it I am very honoured to be steering the ship and can’t wait to see what 2022 holds for us,” Serra said.

“(My two years as an assistant) was a major reason as to why I took it on, I am a relationsh­ip building type coach, so to have that advantage of having two years with the players will definitely put me in good stead transition­ing into the senior role.”

This season United won four matches at senior level, a record that would have them finish ninth and well short of a finals berth.

Serra said inconsiste­ncy was the team’s biggest issue throughout the campaign.

“We had some really outstandin­g performanc­es where we looked really good and solid and then we had some other performanc­es that just weren’t up to the standard that we as coaches were looking for,” he said.

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