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Morgan stays on

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August 04, 2017

Benalla Saints playing-coach Luke Morgan to stay on

Following a review of the 2017 Worksafe Victoria Community Championships campaign and a board meeting, the GOTAFE Goulburn Valley League has announced that 2017 coach Luke Morgan has been reappointed as the GOTAFE GVL’s senior football team coach.

Morgan, the playing coach of the Benalla Saints, has been re-signed to take the helm of the GVL representative side for at least the next year.

GOTAFE GVL chairman David Roff is looking forward to Morgan leading the GVL again in 2018.

“The board is very impressed with Luke’s motivation and passion for this role and we know he is already thinking of what is required to get the league climbing back up the rankings in 2018,’’ Roff said.

“Whilst the result in Wodonga was disappointing, Luke was responsible for an excellent preparation and he assembled a great support team.’’

Roff said the ‘‘buy in’’ from clubs was excellent and he looked forward to building on that next year.

‘‘Discussions will be had with a view to making further appointments as soon as possible,’’ he said.

“Such is the cut-throat nature of interleague footy, we have been only 11 points shy in two games over two years, so we know we are not far off the pace but are very keen to get back on the winner’s list.’’

With the recent announcement of his reappointment at the Benalla Saints for at least another season, Morgan is in for another busy year in 2018.

‘‘I’m very pleased to be appointed coach of the interleague team for a second year and I’m looking forward to building on the progress we made this season,’’ he said.

‘‘Although the result didn’t go our way in 2017, as a coaching staff we believe that we have put a structure in place to enable success in coming seasons.

‘‘I look forward to working with the best the GVL has to offer in terms of football talent.

‘‘We were able to expose some younger players to higher level football this season and some of these players were able to perform really well in the game.’’

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