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January 18, 2018

Rushworth's new coaches are ready to go for the season ahead. Dave Reardon (left) will take charge of the senior team, while Dave Chillingsworth will coach the reserves.

Incoming Rushworth playing coach Dave Reardon is setting the bar high for his new charges this year.

‘‘I would be looking for nothing less than playing finals this year and pushing for the top four,’’ Reardon said.

‘‘I think we’ve got enough talent to push for finals as a minimum and that’s definitely our goal.’’

Reardon, 39, has played football in almost every corner of the country and is looking forward to bringing his vast experience to Ironbark Stadium.

‘‘I’ve played for quite a few teams in my time, I travelled around playing footy while I was in the army,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s been mostly in the Echuca area, but I’ve played in Adelaide, Sydney and Cairns as well.

‘‘I’ve only coached junior footy, but I’ve been playing senior footy since I was 14, so hopefully I can bring a few fresh ideas and get the boys up and running.’’

The Tigers finished 10th in the Kyabram District Football League last year with just three wins and moving quickly past that mark is the first thing on the agenda for the new coach.

‘‘Obviously I wasn’t there last year, but we’ve got our work cut out for us from where we were,’’ Reardon said.

‘‘Firstly we have to get more than the three wins, but after that we’ll aim for eight to 10 and finals.’’

Reardon has already recruited a number of new players to the club and is hoping to keep adding to the playing list, but will also place great importance in the development of youth.

‘‘I think we can sign eight to 10 players and turn it around very quickly, I believe that’s enough to move up the ladder,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ve got some great young blokes and our objective is to keep them around and get as many senior games into them as possible.’’

Based in Melbourne where he works as a personal trainer, Reardon is in his element in the summer months as his side builds fitness for the year ahead and after playing as a utility for most of his career, will slot in wherever the team needs him.

‘‘My objective is to get the boys fit and ready,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ll get the players in their best positions and fit in where we need.’’

Tigers president Peta Williams fully endorsed Reardon’s credentials and is keen for the season to begin.

‘‘We’re looking forward to what he’s got to offer the club in regards to his experience and fitness training,’’ Williams said.

‘‘I think the boys will get a lot out of him and we’re ready to support him in any way he needs.’’

Rushworth baker and Tigers stalwart Dave Chillingsworth will take charge of the reserves this season.

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