Colac Tigers football officials are more than confident re-appointed coach Rowan McSparron will keep the club in contention next season without the assistance of Kane Leersen.
The Tigers announced yesterday that they had re-appointed McSparron for a second season in charge of the club, while Leersen is set to step down after three seasons in the role.
Colac football director Anthony Holt was full of praise for Leersen who took the reins from premiership coach Paul Lynch, and has led the Tigers to finals as sole coach the past two years before teaming up with McSparron as co-coaches in 2019.
“Kane’s coached the past three years and I tell you, what he’s done for the club, moving forward after Paul left, has been exceptional,” Holt said.
“He probably exceeded expectations in a way, he was untried at that stage and he led the club to a preliminary final in his first year,” he said.
“But the big thing for me is the way he’s built up the reserves, the writing’s on the wall with the way they’re performing.
“He always has the whole club in mind with the way he approaches things.”
Holt said he expected Leersen, a father of two, to remain involved at Colac as a player next year.
“At this point he’s indicated he’ll play again,” he said.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.