YARRAWONGA’S Damian Sexton will extend his coaching career into an 18th season.
Sexton, along with assistants Mark Whiley and Tyler Bonat and reserve grade coach Tim Seal, have been locked in for another 12 months at J.C. Lowe Oval.
“I’ve spoken to about 80 per cent of the playing group and everyone is staying,” Sexton said.
“We are continuing to work on stability.
“I’m excited to be a part of that and the culture we are building.
“The young talent at Yarrawonga is incredible and the thing I like about it is everyone is treated the same from the best player to the 55th best player.”
Sexton started his coaching career at Murray league club Finley in 1995 and went on to lead the Cats’ senior and under-14 sides for a decade.
He spent five years in charge at Blighty and has almost completed two seasons at J.C. Lowe Oval.
Sexton coached Victoria Country’s under-19 side for a 10th successive season this year.
“I may not be the best coach but my aim always is to make players the best they can be on and off the ground,” he said.
“I think that’s really important.
“Neil Davis is the best coach I’ve ever had and often when I get into a tricky situation I ask myself what would he have done in a similar situation.”
Yarrawonga is still in the mix for the double chance but need reigning premier Wangaratta to slip up in the run home to grab third spot.
The Pigeons look set to regain Matt Gorman and Beau Seymour for Saturday’s clash against Corowa-Rutherglen.
“We’ve been playing some pretty good footy and the thing we do have is pace with the kids in the side,” he said.
“Spots are pretty hard to come by at the moment.”
North Albury, Myrtleford and Wangaratta Rovers are the only clubs yet to finalise their senior coaching appointments for next season.