Apollo Bay president Kyle Briggs says the club was eager to reward gun footballer Brent Macleod for a third year as its senior coach in 2020.
Hawks officials yesterday confirmed Macleod would this week officially commit to taking on the role again next year after agreeing to a new contract.
The news is massive for the Bay, which is sitting fifth on the ladder and eyeing off its first senior finals campaign since 2013 following a strong start to the 2019 season.
Macleod has proven one of the elite players of the competition, but Briggs said his commitment to coaching from the Geelong area was just as impressive and a reason the Hawks wanted to retain the midfielder’s services.
“He’s certainly been able to lead us in the right direction and he’s been instrumental as far as the buy-in from all our local guys,” he said.
“I don’t think the club’s ever seen a coach like it from out of town, who puts in the effort that he does.
“His commitment and passion for the Bay is incredible and he’s highly respected by the players and I think he gets a lot out of them.”
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