OVENS AND MURRAY | Daniel Maher reflects on coaching retirement, says Joel Mackie 'a good candidate' for co-coach

THE full weight of Daniel Maher’s achievements is still sinking in for the out-going co-coach.

Though Maher is unsure whether he’ll play on, he would never forget their second undefeated season.

“It’s still a bit surreal at the moment,” he said.

“You ask the players to take a lot of time out of their lives for days like Sunday, but it’s a lifelong memory for the guys involved.

“To replicate our 2009 season and finish 20-0 is incredible.” 

Maher has co-coached the Tigers since 2012, alongside Danny Stevens, Chris Hyde and Shaun Daly, for an impressive total of five grand finals and three premiership victories.

“There were a few mixed emotions [on Sunday] to be honest,” Maher said.

“Even running onto the ground knowing that this would be the last time you’d be involved as a senior coach, it was a lot to get my head around, coming to terms with it all.

... He’s got great footy knowledge, I think he's a good candidate for the job. - Daniel Maher on Joel Mackie

“But I’m pleased to see guys Ben Dower achieve senior success, Daniel Cross come back to his home club and win a flag.”

After finishing his stint as one of Albury’s longest serving coaches, Maher has remained involved in the search for his replacement.

Maher said Joel Mackie was a strong candidate for the job after working his way through the ranks.

“Joel has been involved in the coaching structures here for a number of years now,” he said.

“It’s been a progression for Joel, he’s taken on more responsibility this year.

“He knows the areas he needs to improve on.

“But he’s got really great knowledge of the game, I think he’ll be a good candidate for the job.” 

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