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Coaching Update - Premiership Coach Departs

By Tara Murray

CHANGES continue to be made among the EDFL's senior coaching ranks.

Here's this week's update from Tara Murray.

THE Sunbury Kangaroos are after a new coach with Anthony Leydin deciding not to continue on with the role.

Leydin and the club met on Friday to discuss his future in the role after the 2020 season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Kangaroos president Allan Walters said that Leydin had made the decision to step aside after three years at the club.

“Due to work commitments, he couldn’t guarantee that he could give the time needed,” he said.

“It’s a shame in the end, but at the end of the day family and work comes over everything else.

“There’s no hard feelings at all... he’s a premiership coach at the club."

Leydin has been coach since 2018 when he led the club in their final season in the Riddell District Football League.

In the club's first season in the EDFL, Leydin guided the side to an undefeated season concluding with a premiership in Strathmore Community Bank Division 2.

The side was due to play in Strathmore Community Bank Division 1 this year.

Walters said it was too early to decide whether they would go with a playing or non-playing coach next season.

“We will see who is out there and who is available.”

The Kangaroos football department has been busy behind the scenes talking to players about their playing futures.

Walters said he would know more next week, but at this stage it sounded like everybody was on-board for next season.

CHARLIE Denaro has been re-appointed senior coach at Hillside for next season.

Denaro, who was previously assistant coach at the Sharks for three years, was in his first year in the head coaching role before the 2020 season was called off.

The Sharks have also announced their captain for next year, with Jackson Volpato taking on the role by himself.

Volpato was named co-captain with Lochie Rayner for 2020.

Disappointingly for the Sharks, Rayner has signed with East Keilor for next season.

KEILOR Park is hoping to keep its momentum going next season, with Paul Guicas re-appointed senior coach.

Guicas came across from East Keilor to join the Devils for the 2020 season and with a number of players committing to the club, he was positive it was heading in the right direction.

Daniel Galea, who came across with Guicas, has been re-appointed reserves coach.

Both coaches have signed two years dealing, locking them in until the end of the 2022 season.

The club continues discussions with women’s coach Marcus Barclay and are hoping he will recommit for next year.

DAVID Connell will remain Tullamarine coach until at least the end of the 2022 season.

Already contracted for 2021, the Demons announced that Connell had agreed to extend the contract by another season.

The Demons have been busy behind the scenes locking in a number of other coaches.

Former Oak Park and Thomastown coach Ben Chapman will again be a senior assistant coach.

Chapman joined the Demons midway through last season.

Shannon Bennett and Cameron Hare will be playing assistant coaches.

Nicolas Cook is a new face on the coaching panel, joining as an assistant coach.

Cook played more than 400 games for Westmeadows and had been coaching in the Tigers' junior program.

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