OUTGOING Wodonga coach Ben Hollands has encouraged the Ovens and Murray club to target a high-profile player as his replacement.
Hollands reiterated yesterday the Bulldogs had put themselves in a financial position where they could afford to explore all options to try to ensure their stay at the bottom of the ladder was short-lived.
“I think there are lots of people around the footy club who could help a playing coach,” Hollands said.
“In my personal opinion it would be great to get someone out of a state league with plenty of good footy in them.
“They would have a good immediate recruiting network being fresh out of the system and the club could then put some really good infrastructure around them.
“I don’t think the club has any preconceived ideas about it though.”
Wodonga’s 1990 Premiership coach Jeff Gieschen was linked to Wodonga last year and speculation has been rife this week that he will be sounded out for the position.
Hollands is eager to finish the home and away series as strongly as possible after failing to win a match in the opening eight rounds.
Ruckman Matt Seiter (knee) will play his first match of the season in the reserves against Wangaratta Rovers at W.J. Findlay Oval today.
“We have 10 games to go and would love to win half of them and finish the year on a positive note — I think that’s a realistic aim,” Hollands said.
“We have some players coming back and the young blokes will have a few more games under their belt.”
Wangaratta Rovers are fighting off a challenge from Wangaratta to stay in the top- five and will start favourites with Jamie Sheahan shaping as their trump card after destroying Myrtleford last weekend.