Benalla has secured the services of playing coach Luke Morgan for at least another season.
The Saints announced Morgan’s re-signing last night and the star is locked in for 2018, with the option of continuing into 2019.
‘‘It’s really good for me and I’m excited for where the club is at,’’ Morgan said.
‘‘We’ve been able to develop and get games into the next generation of Benalla footballers this year and still be in a good position.
‘‘It’s good to be locked away already and have the reassurance that I’ve got the backing of the club.’’
Morgan is enjoying his coaching role, including at an interleague level, and has ambitions of taking charge at a higher level in the future.
‘‘Obviously entering the role at a young age was fairly ambitious; next year will be my sixth season in charge, and it is something that I do really enjoy,’’ he said.
‘‘As long as I do (enjoy it) I’ll continue to push, hopefully up into higher ranks, but at the moment I’m happy where I am.’’
Despite battling injury woes this season, Benalla sits in fourth on the Goulburn Valley League ladder with a record of 8-4, and Morgan believes his side can continue to challenge for success.
‘‘Nine players from our under-18 side have played senior footy this year,’’ he said.
‘‘While it is about developing those young blokes, we also want to finish the season strongly.’’
Morgan, 28, continues to lead by example on the field, and does not think that will change in the near future.
‘‘I should be able to (keep playing),’’ he said.
‘‘I’m only currently 28, so if I take the full term I’ll only be 30.’’
Announcing his re-signing with six matches remaining in the regular season allows Morgan to start planning for next year.
‘‘It will let me talk to the playing group and try to shore up the list and start adding to it for the future,’’ he said.
‘‘Hopefully by the end of the season we will already have a good playing list for next season.’’