Brothers both Tigers but a league apart

MAT Hyde fears his hopes of finishing his playing days alongside younger brother Chris are dashed.

Hyde, 33, has signed as co-coach of Murray league outfit Cobram, while Chris, 30, will co-coach Ovens and Murray power Albury next year.

There’s no shortage of brotherly love but logistics are keeping them apart.

“I’d love to but I don’t know whether that opportunity will present itself,” Melbourne-based Mat Hyde said.

“The O and M is a pretty good level of footy and you need to be very dedicated for it.

“The Murray league is still a really good standard and probably suits where I am at.

“He’s been well looked after at Albury. Coaching is exciting for him.”

Mat will play and share the coaching with non-playing Trevor Mills.

Chris and Daniel Maher will share the Albury job.

Hyde and Mills replace Rob Osborne.

Mills coached Cobram to the ’95 flag and was an assistant to Osborne, while Mat Hyde joined the club this year from rival Barooga.

Mat said he was happy he had left Barooga at the end of last year.

“I crossed with my best mate Tom Crapp — we had friends playing there already,” he said.

“I liked the club’s direction and decided to make the move.

“The co-coaching role seems a good fit.

“It is something I’ve wanted to do but you wonder whether you will get the time,” Mat said.

Mat Hyde will oversee training with the Melbourne-based players while Mills prepares the Cobram group.

In other changes, Jason Limbrick will coach premier Nathalia, while Echuca United mentor Scott Beattie will coach the Eagles and the Murray interleague side.

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