Bordertown announce coaches for 2020 season

SIGNED UP: Former Rooster Kane Cuthbertson will coach Bordertown's A grade for the next two seasons.
SIGNED UP: Former Rooster Kane Cuthbertson will coach Bordertown's A grade for the next two seasons.

With the KNTFL season coming to a close last week, Bordertown Football Club has already got onto the front foot for next season.

The club has been busy appointing coaches for all football grades, with former Rooster Kane Cuthbertson replacing Cam Sandercock as head coach of the club's A grade for the next two seasons.

Cuthbertson returns to the club after three years at Robe Football Club, in that time enjoying success as an assistant coach for the club's 2018 A grade premiership.

Family played a major role in the decision to take the Bordertown coaching role, along with long distance travelling starting to take its toll.

"I was a bit nervous about it (taking the role). It was getting a bit more difficult with travel, young family and work doing the Robe thing," Cuthbertson said.

"The opportunity popped up and I decided to grab it and see how I go."

Cuthbertson has declared the role a "challenge", with the club finishing second to bottom in 2019, and not finishing higher than that since 2016.

Disregarding past seasons, he is excited to work with the team's youth and bring them back up the ladder next season.

"The wheels are in motion to keep a lot of the club's younger crew together, and hopefully add a few recruits to straighten them up and get things on the up," Cuthbertson said.

He will be a familiar face around the club, playing over 100 games for the Roosters after originally playing juniors for Mundulla.

He is unsure whether he will operate as a player/coach, but he said he still has the desire to pull on the boots.

"It would be nice to sit on the sidelines and take a look from there, but you get the 'bug' still and if the body is still feeling good I'll try and do that," Cuthbertson said.

"The wheels are in motion if I do decide to play, if so, I'll get a good bench coach to help out, but that stuff is still to be decided."

He does admit the 'bug' is likely to come around preseason, and with a "good crew" he is excited about the future ahead.

Plans are in place to have a get-together with the players in late October, then officially start preseason in early December.

The A grade isn't the only coaching appointment the club has made for next season, with the remaining grades filling vacancies.

Club stalwart Nick 'Noodle' Hampel has been announced as coach of the club's reserves. He has played over 300 games for the club, along with being a former captain and an A grade premiership player in 2012.

Hayden Whittlesea will take the reins of the senior colts in 2020, as he hopes to improve on the eighth placed finish in 2019.

The club's junior colts will be under the tutelage of Rob Will, who will look to foster the next generation of Bordertown footballers.