Flaherty to keep Tigers’ top job

September 08, 2017

James Flaherty (middle) has announced he will coach Rochester for the next two seasons.

There will be a few new faces at Rochester next year, but one will remain after James Flaherty announced he will be coaching again for another two years.

Flaherty, 30, will enter his fourth season at the club next year and he is thankful for the opportunity.

‘‘It is great that the club has shown some faith in me and I have been rewarded for the work that has been done,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘We’ve started to plan naturally for next year, but by all means, my intentions are for this year and we want to give it another solid effort.’’

Despite a trio of club greats in Heath Aitken, Sam Brennan and Elliot Bowen retiring at the end of this season, Flaherty will be playing on.

‘‘No I am not hanging up the boots, I’ll be playing next year,’’ he said with a laugh.

The decision by club and coach came pretty early on this season, but the Tigers have kept their cards close to their chest.

‘‘I knew early on that I was going to sign on, we had been going year by year, but earlier this season they put the two-year offer to me,’’ Flaherty said.

‘‘I signed then and we haven’t really made too much of a big deal out of it.’’

Under Flaherty’s tutelage, the Tigers have a 75.8 per cent record, winning 47 of the 62 games he has coached. Flaherty has guided his side to finals each of the three years, while last year they fell in the grand final, losing to Kyabram.

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