‘‘I went to America the previous Christmas and I probably began to think about stopping then.
‘‘I’ve really enjoyed it, but the time commitment is huge. I take it pretty seriously, perhaps more than some, but I only do it because I’m passionate about it.’’
Briggs played his junior football at Echuca and was part of the 2001 premiership side, returning to the club from 2009 to 2011 before the most recent stint starting in 2014.
‘‘I never thought I’d move back to Echuca. Living in Melbourne for 13 years I really enjoyed my time there and the people I was around and my job at the time,’’ he said.
‘‘To move here was something exciting and new, and I’ve really enjoyed being back at the club and seeing it grow a little bit more as well.’’
He took over the club after a disappointing 1-17 season in 2013, last year’s 8-10 record for a seventh-place finish the best return with this season an opportunity to coach finals for the first time.
‘‘The club wasn’t in a great position when I took it over, so really there was only one way and that was up,’’ he said.
‘‘It was a time for me to grow into the role in the early days and use the time to work out who I am as a coach and what works and I’ve been able to do that.
‘‘Probably the last two years we’ve seen some rewards a little bit so I’m looking forward to the next part of the season and finishing off strong.’’
Briggs said making the decision public with much of the season to play out was about making sure the club would be prepared for next season.
‘‘It’s about giving the club time, now’s a good time to start looking at coaches and the list,’’ he said.
‘‘The club had a list management (meeting) last night. We’re keen to keep our young guys and our list in general together.’’
He stressed in his message to supporters the rest of the season will be business as usual.
‘‘My commitment to my role will not waver for the remainder of the year. Myself and the players have set goals we want to achieve and these are my priorities,’’ he wrote.
■Check out our full interview with Andrew Briggs at www.riverineherald.com.au