Otway Districts back new coaches to lift club

New Otway Districts co-coaches Ben Allan, left, and Alex Burnett.

Otway Districts haven’t had to look far to find their new co-coaches, with popular clubmen Alex Burnett and Ben Allan set to take on the role in 2020.

Demons president Ross Panther said the club had initially planned to look outside the club for a replacement for Zach Hickleton.

But Mr Panther said gun onballer Burnett and off-field leader Allan approached the club and made a case too hard to ignore.

“They came to us because they wanted to lead the club,” he said.

“I know a few clubs had been in contact with Burna to play, and Benny to take on coaching roles, but they came to us and wanted to do the job here.

“A couple of weeks ago the plan was to find someone from the outside to bring a few players in.

“But we think these guys will be a great fit for the role, a lot of guys know and respect them so we’re confident they’ll be able to build our list and hopefully we can climb the ladder a bit next year.”

See tomorrow’s Colac Herald for the full story.

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