Hume Football League club CDHBU sign Jeremy Stevenson and Mick Collins as co-coaches

Jeremy Stevenson (pictured) will co-coach CDHBU with Mick Collins next season.

Jeremy Stevenson (pictured) will co-coach CDHBU with Mick Collins next season.

CDHBU players Jeremy Stevenson and Mick Collins will co-coach the club next season.

With Damien Payne stepping aside after two years at the helm, the Power has turned to co-coaches for the first time in their history.

Stevenson has spent the past four years with the Hume league club while Collins crossed from Corowa-Rutherglen last season.

“CDHBU is very tight-knit,” Stevenson said.

“I thought I’d be at the club for only a year or two but I’ve loved it and I’m looking forward to coaching with Mick.

“We get on well and it will be good stepping into coaching with him.

“It’s something we spoke about a while ago and it’s good to be given the opportunity by the club.”

Stevenson, 31, and Collins, 28, will be eager to retain their list with the competition for spots in the Hume league finals set to be intense next season.

Henty is shaping as a big improver with its coaching appointment imminent while Culcairn and Billabong Crows are also excited about their prospects.

Mick Collins

Mick Collins

Stevenson joined CDHBU after stints with Barooga, Strathmore, Aberfeldie and Yarrawonga after starting his football at Mulwala.

He will relocate back to the Border from Melbourne in the New Year.

CDHBU football manager Paul Rippingale said Stevenson and Collins had the experience and respect to succeed in the top job.

“When Damien stood down, we put the feelers out and the boys came to us and asked about a dual role and we think it will give us great leadership,” Rippingale said.

“Coaching is a big job these days.

“The Hume league is getting to a standard where it requires a big commitment and we think Jeremy and Mick will work well together.”

Payne is yet to decide if he will play on next season.