Tom Youngs has an important role to play at Murray United this season.
Not only will the reigning AWFA Star Player be a focal point in attack for the Border’s NPL 2 outfit, he’s been given the responsibility to develop the club’s next generation.
Youngs has taken the reins of the club’s Bright Red SAP program for boys and girls up to the age of 12.
The Englishman replaces outgoing visa player and Bright Red coach Gonzalo Freddi, who has returned to Argentina, and slots into the position with plenty of experience.
“I did my level one and level two coaching badges over in England with Bolton,” Youngs said.
“This is a bit new, but I’ve always wanted to coach and I’m looking forward to it.
“We started last week and it was just about getting to know them.
“I’m trying to pass on as much knowledge as I know and obviously try and keep it fun, because they’re still young and they have to enjoy it.
“I’ve got coaching Monday and Wednesday and training Tuesday and Thursday, but I’m enjoying it.
“Obviously it’s quite tough because they’re young and you’ve got to keep them interested, but they’ve all been willing to learn so far.”
After a breakout season with Myrtleford in the AWFA competition, Youngs admitted the transition to his new club has been excellent.
“They’ve all looked after me and it’s a good squad we’ve got,” Youngs said.
“Hopefully we can all stay fit and injury-free and have a good season.”
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Youngs is set to start in Murray’s round one clash against Eastern Lions at La Trobe on Saturday, despite being substituted following a heavy tackle in the club’s final practice match against Oakleigh.
“I pulled up fine, but my foot was bruised quite a bit,” he said.
“I’ve had a good pre-season and I’m just looking forward to the weekend.
“It’s a must-win really because we start on minus three points.
“If we take what we did in pre-season into Saturday, I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
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