South Warrnambool’s Mat Buck says he still has the desire to coach into the future after recommitting to the Roosters for a fourth year.
The club announced on Friday that Buck would coach in 2019 and has a choice to extend it to 2020 if he wishes to do so.
Buck said he was excited to extend his stay at Friendly Societies’ Park.
“I’ve had a good three years at the club doing it already and my family have had a great time there and I’ve still got the drive to coach,” he said.
“I love coaching the group of guys we have, it’s a great footy club to be around and I’m eager to go again next year.”
Buck has and still enjoys the joy he gets from seeing his players succeed.
“I can comfortably say that we have improved every player on our list,” he said.
“Obviously Manny Sandow winning a Maskall Medal was big. His improvement coming from the District league to be able to do that has been outstanding. For me, that was a real highlight.
“Seeing Ethan Harvey as a 17-year-old has played 30 games and the improvement in his football over that time has been enormous.
“Also a kid like Harry Lee, who has developed over the last three years into one of the best players in the competition. That’s where I find my joy and where my highlights come from.”
With the contract behind him Buck’s focus returns to football, with the Roosters preparing to take on Camperdown on Saturday.
“This week proves to be a really tough challenge for us,” he said. “Camperdown have been a good side all year and we are starting to get our form up.”
Heath Brennan will line-up for South Warrnambool for the first time since crossing from Koroit, while Harry Ponting and Tim Brown return to the senior side.
Isaac Thomas and Harvey return to Greater Western Rebels duties, while Josh Saunders (hamstring) will miss this weekend.