Former AFL-listed footballer Joe Dare will return to where he started out in the sport to take on his first senior coaching gig when he leads Alvie in 2019.
Swans officials informed the playing-group last Thursday night that Dare would take the reins next year in a likely playing-coaching role.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a decorated career, first pulling on the boots for the Swans before crossing to the Colac Tigers where he made his mark in the junior pathways system.
Dare won a Geelong Falcons best-and-fairest in 2009, which led to him to a spot on Carlton’s rookie list.
He spent two seasons with the Blues, but failed to play an AFL game before stamping his authority on the game in his return to the Colac region.
Dare won a Maskell Medal with Cobden in the Hampden league, before crossing to the Colac Tigers and playing a major role in landing the club a maiden flag in the Geelong league in 2014.
The defender-utility returned to Cobden to play under brother Levi at the Bombers in recent seasons, but has missed a large chunk of football due to back-to-back knee reconstructions.
Current Alvie co-coach Josh Goonan said Dare’s addition to the Swans could hopefully strengthen the club’s playing stocks.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.