Buckley’s here to stay

August 04, 2017

Shoulders buckling: Simon Buckley (Echuca) again shouldered much of the load for his side in a loss.Simon Buckley of Echuca during the GVL seniors match between Echuca and Kyabram. Photo by Luke Hemer.

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Coach Andrew Briggs joined the praising of Buckley (pictured above), expressing how lucky the club was to have a talented player show such loyalty.

‘‘He’s been the first one to re-sign the last three years; he’s an outstanding player and person and he’s earned a lot of respect,’’ he said.

‘‘He could go anywhere in Victoria or Australia to play, ask for big dollars and play for anyone, but he’s loyal to our club.’’

The president said the club was hoping to announce more re-signings in the coming weeks, with the club’s up and coming stars potentially a priority moving forward.

Meanwhile, the club remains on the hunt for a new coach after Briggs’ recent announcement he won’t coach in 2017.

‘‘We’ve assembled an extensive list of people we’d like to talk to; some we’ve already crossed off the list, and some we are well down the track of talking to,’’ Stevens said.

‘‘A lot of people say we need a playing coach, or a non-playing coach, or co-coaches; we’re looking at all options and we’re down the track with some.’’

Stevens said some players wanted to wait for the new coach to be announced to re-commit to the club, making the coaching appointment the club’s number one priority.

Echuca is one of three club’s on the hunt for a new coach, with Seymour and Shepparton also looking for new leaders for 2018.

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