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All 28 Coaches Locked In For Season 2019

Ten New Coaches Confirmed


THE coaching merry-go-ground is complete ahead of Season 2019.

More than a third of the EDFL changed coaches following 2018, with four of the 10 new signings coming from Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division.

Former North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley (Maribyrnong Park) and Strathmore’s Matthew Horne will enter EDFL coaching ranks for the first time 2019.

Essendon Doutta Stars snared the services of Kyle Hardingham after a two-year stint as a playing coach at Pascoe Vale, while former West Coburg and Strathmore mentor, Digby Morrell, will fill the Hardingham void at Landells Road.

There are three new coaches in place in Essendon Ford Division 1, two of which are untried within the division.

Lance Whitnall has returned to the coaching ranks at Craigieburn after previously coaching Glenroy, while Dale May (West Coburg) and Pat Christofi (East Keilor) are both entering their first full season as senior coaches.

May served as a care-taker coach at Strathmore in 2016 following the departure of Craig Clinnick mid-season.

In Strathmore Community Bank Division 2, the Northern Saints were the final club to confirm their appointment, announcing Brett Kennerley as their new coach on Saturday.

Kennerley most recently served as North Sunshine’s senior coach in the WRFL and will replace Paul Dunn in the role.

Jacana replaced 2017 premiership coach Robert Fletcher with untried Hurstbridge assistant, Matthew Huy, while Keilor Park will look to re-establish itself at senior level under the guidance of first-time senior coach, John Mangos.

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