A former club best and fairest, who’s just lifted North Albury to its first reserve grade finals campaign in more than a decade, will take on the league’s toughest job.
Brett Argus will coach Murray Magpies for the next three years after the club claimed the wooden spoon.
“I worked in the alcohol industry for a very long time and there’s an old saying, ‘you don’t buy a pub when it’s going well,” he said when quizzed on why he’s assumed the role.
“I’m an ex-player and I think where they’re located they should be a really solid club, that’s why I’ve signed on for three years to show a commitment to give confidence to people.”
A North Albury junior, the 37-year-old played in the Hoppers’ last premiership in 2002 before he joined the Pies as an assistant coach in 2004, snaring the club’s top gong.
He will be a non-playing coach after serving the same role in his first coaching foray with the Hoppers.
“One of the biggest things I learnt is to dispel the misconception surrounding the younger generation,” the rookie senior coach said.
“We’re told you can’t give feedback, but I found giving them honest feedback and examples to improve, they were hungry for it.”
The Pies will celebrate 20 years in 2019.
“He’ll be a great fit, he’s a quality person,” president Ted Miller said.
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