Three in the run­ning for Bushies job

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport -

MUR­RAY Bushrangers ex­pect to an­nounce a coach within the next two weeks with three short­listed ap­pli­cants set to be in­ter­viewed in Mel­bourne next week.

More than 20 po­ten­tial coaches ap­plied for the head coach­ing po­si­tion made va­cant by the out­go­ing Leon Hig­gins.

“Over 20 peo­ple ap­plied and we in­ter­viewed six be­fore short-list­ing three,” Mur­ray Bushrangers’ tal­ent man­ager Mick Wil­son said.

“Those cho­sen three will in­ter­view in front of Lee Fraser (AFL Vic­to­ria Coun­try path­ways man­ager) and Brett Allison (AFL Vic­to­ria Metro path­ways man­ager) as well as prob­a­bly Paul Hamil­ton (state tal­ent man­ager).

“Those in­ter­views will hap­pen within the next week with an an­nounce­ment to come soon.

“All ap­pli­cants were qual­ity, but it will be hard to re­place Leon (Hig­gins).”

The suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant will have to move quickly af­ter the ap­point­ment with Mur­ray Bushrangers’ pre­sea­son set to be­gin on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18 in Wan­garatta, leav­ing a month to get things in or­der.

Pre­sea­son train­ing lists for the un­der 18 and un­der 16 boys’ teams as well as the girls’ teams are set to be re­leased be­fore the end of this week.

The un­der 18 boys’ and girls’ teams will fea­ture train­ing squads of 90 play­ers to be cut to 45 by the end of the pre­sea­son, while the un­der 16s will have a train­ing squad of 70 to be cut down to a play­ing squad of 25.

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