Experienced Alvie footballer Josh Goonan will join star midfielder Liam McGuane as co-coach of the Swans for the 2018 season, the club announced this week.
The Swans announced in August that McGuane would take over from Dan Casey as coach for next year, with Goonan to continue in his role as assistant.
But Alvie club president Gerard Barrow said this week that circumstances had allowed Goonan, an experienced assistant coach at both Alvie and South Colac, to take on a bigger role next year.
“We were happy for Josh and Liam to take on the coaching roles, and we left it up to them to determine the best way to make it work, we were wary that Josh had commitments with his job as a policeman,” Mr Barrow said.
“We’re happy with them as co-coaches to share the responsibility and workload,” he said.
“Josh and Liam have a good relationship with the playing group and have their full support.”
McGuane and Goonan both have experience at higher levels, having played at Colac in the Geelong Football League, while Goonan also had a stint at Cobden in the Hampden league.
Outgoing Alvie coach Dan Casey said he expected the pair to be able to take the playing group further than its fourth-placed finish this year.
“They’ve got the respect of the playing group, they’re fantastic players and people so I don’t think they’ll have any problems,” he said.
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.