WITH their current Central Highlands Football League campaigns still well and truly alive, Bungaree and Springbank have moved swiftly to lock in their coaching futures early for next year.
The Demons have reappointed Greg Middleton to a fifth season in charge, with Sam Giblett set to line-up for his third at Tigerland.
Middleton arrived at Bungaree in a joint role with Nick Stephen in 2010 before taking over the position in his own right the following year.
Demons president Darren Rix said Middleton had contemplated standing down at season’s end, but had eventually decided to stay on at the helm.
“We are really happy with the way he operates. He is a first-class communicator with the players and everyone,” Rix said.
Similar to Middleton at Bungaree, Giblett will look to continue what he has started at Springbank.
With doubts about his playing future – due to ongoing injury problems – Giblett is likely to continue in a non-playing position next year.
Tigers president Anthony Simpson said Giblett had ticked all the boxes in his two years
at the club, starting
with the long-awaited return to finals in 2012.
“He’s got a good rapport with the young blokes and has brought a new culture to our club. That’s what I like most about him,” Simpson said.
The Tigers take on minor premiers Buninyong in today’s first semi final at Waubra, with the Demons set to meet reigning champions Daylesford in the second semi tomorrow at Beaufort.