EMERGING South Colac footballer Matt Kenny has parted ways with the Roos to test himself in the Geelong Football League.
Kenny, 22, has joined Alvie’s Tyler Murnane as up-and-coming Colac district league footballers who have joined the Colac Tigers this off-season.
South Colac coach Tim Foley said it was disappointing to lose Kenny as South Colac prepared for another tilt at a flag after three straight third-placed finishes.
But he said the skilful defender had the full support of the South Colac club.
“Matt’s gone over to Colac to give that a go, we’d never stand in the way of someone wanting to have a go at a higher level,” Foley said.
“He’s young, so if he was ever going to have a crack, now is a good time,” he said.
“He’ll have to step his fitness up to another level, but unless you go and have a crack then you never know.”
Kenny arrived at South Colac in 2014 after playing his junior football and the start of his senior career with the Western Eagles.
The former Eagles best-and-fairest winner played a key role in South Colac’s 2014 and 2015 finals campaigns, which ended in preliminary final defeats.
Foley said the running defender had developed into a key player in the Roos’ backline, ranking among the team’s best players 12 times in his 38 games with South Colac.
“Matt’s a really good team player and he plays his role well in the back half,” Foley said.
“You give him a job and instructions and he always carries it out,” he said.
“He came across to South Colac in my second year as coach and in the time that I’ve coached him he’s improved the attacking side of his game, his run out of the back half has been pretty valuable for us.
“Hopefully he gets an opportunity in the Tigers’ senior side and good luck to him.”