Werribee has moved a step closer to finalising its 2018 coaching line-up by confirming the appointment of Jeff Andrews to the new position of senior assistant coach.
Andrews enters the role fresh from the success of a drought-breaking premiership with Riddell District Football League outfit Macedon, where he served as senior coach for four years.
He also boasts previous experience in the state-league system, having served as an assistant coach with Preston in the VFL in 1999 and as an assistant coach with the Calder Cannons TAC Cup program in two stints from 2000 to 2005.
Andrews said he was excited to be joining the coaching ranks at Werribee as it prepares to enter its first season as a standalone VFL club in 19 years.
“The fact the club has been aligned for so long, it basically feels like a new club,” Andrews said.
“A few guys who I coached over the last couple of years at Macedon were Werribee boys, and in conversations with them, they said they’d still be playing here today if they could. They love the club. Even though it’s VFL level, it still feels like a footy club.
“I’ve had that great footy-club feel ever since I walked through the door, and I love the professionalism, so I’m looking to contribute as much as I can.”
Created as part of a club-wide review throughout 2017, the senior assistant coaching role will see Andrews responsible for developing Werribee’s defensive game plan and assisting with the development plans of the playing group.
Senior coach John Lamont said Andrews had already made a positive start to his time at the club.
“It’s worked out really well [with Jeff]. He’s got a real eye for defence, so it’s been another really positive appointment,” said Lamont.
“It just means we have a more well-rounded view as a coaching group of how we want to play in all aspects.”
Andrews’ appointment follows that of David Newett to the new role of kicking coach and the departure of Ben Patrick from the defensive coaching post.