Roo takes on coaching role

Luke Burnett is South Colac’s new assistant coach.

South Colac has appointed gun midfielder Luke Burnett as the club’s new assistant coach.

The 24-year-old has stepped into the role under non-playing head coach Tim Foley, who is set to lead the Roos for a fifth year in 2017.

Foley said Burnett, in his third season at the club, was eager to take on a coaching role.

“Luke Burnett will help me out this year, Brett Hall has been the assistant coach over the last few years but he was unavailable this season,” he said.

“Luke was looking to get involved in the coaching side of things and the opportunity presented itself and he jumped at it.”

Foley said Burnett, the son of Colac Imperials premiership coach Rick Burnett, boasted plenty of qualities that would make him a good coach for the Roos.

The 2015 interleague representative has played under Foley, Colac Tigers premiership coach Paul Lynch, and Colac district football champion Adam Harris, while at Otway Districts, in recent years.

Foley said Burnett would have a focus on the Roos’ midfield, which features plenty of experience in Jake O’Dwyer, Dave Marendaz and Tim Speirs.

“We’ve been pretty lucky the last few years, we’ve got a lot of natural leaders but everyone’s circumstances are different with time commitments,” Foley said.

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