Tallygaroopna has its man.
Former Congupna coach Kevin O’Donoghue will have the top job at the Kyabram District Football League Redlegs for at least the next two seasons.
After spending the past two years as an assistant in the Goulburn Valley League at Shepparton, O’Donoghue is excited to coach again in his own right.
Boosting Tallygaroopna’s chances of winning a first premiership since 2005 is star player Tyson Sidebottom recommitting for next season.
Sidebottom returned to his home club this year after a decorated GVL career at Shepparton United and Shepparton Swans.
‘‘He’s (Sidebottom) already said he’d stick around, so he’s a main instigator in getting lots of guys to follow and play at the club, which is very exciting,’’ O’Donoghue said.
‘‘I’ve already spoken to a few of the current players just over the phone and touched base with them before most of them went on their footy trip last week.’’
O’Donoghue coached Murray Football League club Congupna between 2013 and 2015.
He said he liked what he saw with Tallygaroopna.
‘‘They’ve obviously played finals the last couple of years, but a few injuries made it hard towards the end of this year,’’ O’Donoghue said.
‘‘But the reserves were in the grand final and the under-18s won the grand final, so it’s an exciting future.’’
Tallygaroopna president Neville Montgomery said it was good to have stability at the club, with O’Donoghue committing for the long haul.
‘‘We had close to 20 prospective guys we looked at and we ended up having three or four interviews and Kev fitted what we’re after really well,’’ Montgomery said.
‘‘He’s been in a great system at Shepp under (Brad) Campbell and (Rob) McCartney and what came across in his interviews was his passion for coaching and footy.
‘‘Coaching country footy is a big job and it’s getting bigger every year, so you need someone with that passion who’s hopefully going to take the club to the next level.’’
Montgomery praised the efforts of former coach Chris Earles, who stepped down after four seasons to spend more time with his family and focus on life outside of football.
‘‘Chris has set us up to be in a great position and the great thing is he’ll still be around the club,’’ Montgomery said.
‘‘It’s a great thing to be able to retain your previous coach around the group to make the handover as smooth as possible.’’
Tallygaroopna will hold its presentation night and best-and-fairest counts at the clubrooms on Friday.
In other KDFL news, Stanhope stars Jack and Jayden Exell will play at Bendigo Football League club Kyneton next season after the Tigers announced their signings yesterday.