Premiership mentor decides to move on

Back-to-back reigning premier Simpson is on the hunt for a new football coach after Adam Courtney announced last night he was stepping down.

Back-to-back reigning premier Simpson is on the hunt for a new football coach after Adam Courtney announced last night he was stepping down.

Back-to-back reigning premier Simpson is on the hunt for a new football coach after Adam Courtney announced last night he was stepping down.

Courtney revealed to his playing group that he would end a three-year coaching stint at the club when the Tigers finish their 2016 campaign.

The respected playing-mentor leaves Simpson with a remarkable record.

Courtney led the club to its maiden Colac district premiership in his first year at the helm in 2014, before going back-to-back in 2015 by guiding the Tigers through last season undefeated.

Simpson has won 43 of 52 matches under Courtney, a winning record of 82.6 per cent.

The 36-year-old said playing demands and having two young children, Tatum, 6, and Daisy, 4, forced him to move on at season’s end.

“It was always a three-year plan and it’s probably going to be enough,” Courtney said.

“I’m probably going to retire from playing; it’s just getting too hard with two young kids.

“On Sundays all I want to do is sit on the couch and all they want to do is play, it’s just making it a bit hard, and I don’t get to see too much of them with school and kinder.”

Courtney, a Cobden product who spent five seasons at Simpson from 2008-12, spent 2013 at the Bombers before returning to the Tigers in 2014 with immediate success.

He said he would leave the club with an enormous amount of pride.

“I’m extremely proud,” Courtney said.

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