Lorne football officials have jumped at the chance to secure the services of star recruit and senior coach Sam Stavenuiter for the 2017 season.
The playing-mentor has signed a new deal to lead the coastal club for a second year next season.
The timing of the announcement comes as Stavenuiter prepares his troops for a premiership assault, with the Dolphins moving into third place after the weekend’s results.
Stavenuiter, a decorated South Barwon premiership ruckman, took on his first coaching role when he landed at Lorne at the end of the 2015 season.
He said he was excited to stay with the club next year to build on his first campaign.
“It’s good to get it done now and focus on the rest of the season,” Stavenuiter said.
“I was definitely keen to have another stint because you set up a lot in the first year and things start to get going.
“To have another season, everyone knows what to expect which I think will make it a lot smoother.”
Stavenuiter joined the Dolphins with a host of recruits, including former South Barwon teammate Dan Roy and key tall Mark McCormack.
The Dolphins also welcomed back a host of former players.
Stavenuiter said he was confident Roy would lead a large chunk of footballers committed to playing on at Lorne in 2017.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.