CDHBU | Teach me to kick, Dad!

CDHBU coach Brad Talbot with son Jett Talbot. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

CDHBU coach Brad Talbot with son Jett Talbot. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

CDHBU coach Brad Talbot will stand down at the end of the Hume league season.

In his third year at the helm, Talbot said increasing work and family commitments had left him without enough time to dedicate to coaching.

Talbot became a father for the first time last year after his son, Jett, was born 11 weeks premature.

“Obviously it was a huge shock when Jett arrived early and spent the first nine weeks fighting for his life in hospital in Melbourne,” Talbot said.

“But we got through it and everything is back to normal now.

“I’ve had three years and finding the necessary time to coach has become a big issue for me.

“I didn’t want to hold the club back by not being able to give the time the job deserves and it still gives the club plenty of time to find a suitable replacement.”

Talbot, 31, plans to stay at the Power as a player next season.

The tenacious midfielder took the club from 12th to 11th in his first season.

Last season he led the Power from the finals wilderness when they contested their first final since joining the Hume league in 2008.

With four rounds left, they remain in the mix for consecutive finals series, sitting seventh with an 8-7 record.

Talbot is stranded on 249 matches after recently breaking his hand and is not expected to notch the 250 milestone unless CDHBU makes the finals.

“It was a proud moment for me to coach my junior club to its first final in the Hume league,” he said.

“When I took the job on the club was pretty much in dire straits.

“And while it has been a challenge, I’ve had plenty of help along the way and the club is now in a strong position for future success.”

Talbot is not only considered as one of the club’s favourite sons but also one of its finest players after making his debut as a 15-year-old in 1999.

He played in back-to-back flags in 2006-07 and is also a dual best and fairest in 2004 and 2009.

Talbot was also awarded best on ground in the 2006 decider against Coleambally.

Power president Mark Tilders said Talbot had made a significant contribution.

“I think it’s fair to say Brad is not only held in the highest regard at our club but is one of the most respected players in the Hume league,” Tilders said.

“To find a coach to fill Brad’s shoes is not going to be easy.

“Brad probably took over when the club was at its lowest ebb but with his enthusiasm and preparation managed to turn things around and has laid the foundations for future success.”