Three in the running for Bushies job
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.