Werribee has found an in-house replacement for its vacant backline coaching post, appointing Shayne Stone to the role for season 2018.
The selection signals both a promotion and a change of direction for Stone, who previously served as the club’s Development League midfield coach and moves into his new position following the departure of Ben Patrick.
Stone admitted it was an unexpected call-up but said he was excited to be taking on a new challenge as part of Werribee’s move to become a standalone VFL club for the first time in 19 years.
“It feels good,” he said.
“It probably came as a bit of a surprise when it happened, as I’d gone into the year expecting to be involved in the midfield, but I’m really excited about a different opportunity, and I’m going to learn a hell of a lot of new things, so I’m looking forward to it.”
A former senior coach with Geelong Football League outfit Lara and Geelong and District Football League clubs Inverleigh and Thomson, Stone joined the Werribee coaching line-up in 2017, immediately impressing in his first season at the club.
Senior coach John Lamont welcomed Stone’s elevation to the new role.
“He had tremendous impact in his first year coaching the midfielders in the Development League, so when the vacancy came up, we worked out ‘Rock’ would be a great fit to be coaching the defenders,” said Lamont.
“He’s going to go to school a bit, obviously, having been with the midfielders previously, but he’s got a really good head for the game and builds good relationships with the players, so it’s a really positive appointment.”