Former Rochester coach James Flaherty has confirmed his next move, agreeing to lead Kangaroo Flat in the Bendigo Football League.
Flaherty, who won Goulburn Valley League coach of the year honours, departed the Tigers at the end of this season after five years in charge.
Flaherty, 32, said the opportunity to join a club close to home played a big part in his decision to join the Roos.
“I’m based in Bendigo and commuted to Rochester, so over five years there has been a fair bit of travel that has started to get on top of me,” Flaherty told the Bendigo Advertiser.
“Kangaroo Flat is a club that has obviously been struggling for a bit, so there’s the challenge there to try to turn things around.
“Being born and bred in Bendigo, I want the footy to be as strong as it can be. There has always been those three or four teams that have been up there at the top for the past decade and I want to see these other teams pushing up.
“I was impressed by how Kangaroo Flat approached it and they obviously have some young talent there, so there’s a bit there to work with.”