Warren is left Jye high

November 09, 2017

Incumbant Numurkah coach Chris O'Dywer (pictured) will be joined by Jye Warren instead of Lucas White for the 2018 campaign.

Numurkah will have a change in coaching structure ahead of the next Murray Football League season.

Incumbent co-coach Chris O’Dwyer will resume his duties for another campaign, but will be joined by Jye Warren instead of Lucas White at the helm of the Blues.

Warren, 27, is over the moon for the opportunity to be coaching his junior club.

‘‘I’m ecstatic, obviously co-coaching my home club that I played 50 under-14 games for is a dream come true,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m just rapt to get this opportunity, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m excited to get into it.’’

The pacey midfielder will remain an integral part of Numurkah’s on-field set-up, and hopes to help steer his new charges to a premiership after the side fell at the final hurdle this season against rival Nathalia.

‘‘I’ll be definitely a playing co-coach, basically the same role that Whitey played this year in giving Chris a bit of a chop-out,’’ Warren said.

‘‘It’s a tough one, you can’t promise the players that you’ll win a flag, but we’re definitely good enough, and we were this year, but we just have to touch up on a few things.’’

Warren has been an assistant coach at senior level for the past two years, while also guiding the under-17 Blues in their development, and knows his team needs only a few tweaks to climb football’s highest mountain.

‘‘Every club speaks to a few people and we’re still building on knowing what we need to work on, but we’ll get it sorted very shortly,’’ he said.

White will continue to be involved with the club, but it is uncertain whether he will take to the field next year.

‘‘Whitey’s taking a step back away from the rigours of coaching,’’ O’Dwyer said.

‘‘He’ll still be involved in the club, but whether he has a real crack at getting fitter and playing still will be up to him.’’

O’Dwyer will work closely with Warren in an attempt to deliver the Blues success for the first time since 2000, but will have to do so without defender Tom Buzza, who has crossed to Katamatite in the Picola District Football League south-east division.

‘‘Jye was obviously an internal candidate and that’s great,’’ he said.

‘‘I am still enjoying coaching, I wouldn’t be doing it if I wasn’t, but I definitely enjoy the home and away season where you’re with the boys every week more than the off-season.’’

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