'I'M THE MAN'

Brendan Fevola during his stint coaching the O&M interleague team. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Brendan Fevola during his stint coaching the O&M interleague team. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

BRENDAN Fevola wants to coach next season, with Yarrawonga his first priority.

But for now, the Pigeons’ superstar forward is only worried about winning an unprecedented hat-trick of premierships for the club this season.

Fevola’s future has become a hot subject in Ovens and Murray circles since two-time premiership coach Chris Kennedy announced he was quitting as Yarrawonga co-coach after this season.

Fevola, who coached the league to a record-breaking 125-point win over the Hampden league in May, said he loved the thought of leading the Pigeons.

“I’d love to coach and I’d love to do it at Yarra but we will wait and see,” Fevola said.

“Keya (Kennedy) is still coaching and we’re just worried about this year for now.

“If it happens, it happens.

“I haven’t given it too much thought, to be honest.”

It’s unclear whether the former AFL star would be given the chance to coach at the Pigeons, with playing coach Drew Barnes all but certain to remain in his role at J.C. Lowe Oval.

The Pigeons claimed back-to-back flags for the first time in the club’s history under Barnes and Kennedy last year and remain contenders this season, despite Albury’s dominance.

Yarrawonga’s fierce rival has two playing coaches, with ex-Richmond utility Chris Hyde sharing the job with Daniel Maher.

Wodonga is another club on the hunt for a coach after Ben Hollands announced he wouldn’t coach for a fifth season at John Flower Oval.

The winless Bulldogs are in desperate need of a facelift after a disappointing season decimated by injury.

Fevola, who has booted 249 goals since joining Yarrawonga in 2012, is on track to notch his 50th game milestone against Lavington in round 17. He has played 44 matches for the Pigeons.

The Ovens and Murray is in the process of re-appointing Fevola as representative coach for next year, with league chairman Graeme Patterson labelling the move a success at the league’s Hall of Fame night on Wednesday.

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