IT WILL be a family affair steering the ship at Newlyn next year.
The Cats have moved quickly to appoint Kal Young as senior coach following news earlier this month that Chris Gardner and Adam Sewell would not be continuing on at the helm.
Young will be assisted in the role by younger brother and former Adelaide Crows player Will, who has recently returned home after overseas travel. The pair put pen to paper this week and were announced by the club yesterday morning.
Kal, who joined the Cats early in the season, playing 10 senior games during 2013, is taking on his third senior coaching job after stints at Trentham and Sebastopol.
“It’s a great club and they are great people out there. They are very big on support from board level to coaching and especially the junior development, which is really important,” Kal, 28, said of Newlyn yesterday.
“I think the list as it stands this year really under-performed.
“Probably a few injuries and a bit of bad luck really hurt us, but I think the list is there. Especially with a couple of recruits and having a tall forward in Will is going to make our job a lot easier.”
Will has not played football since a season-ending shoulder injury while playing for Norwood in the SANFL in early 2012.
Following surgery and rehabilitation on a second shoulder reconstruction the North Ballarat Rebel draftee took off overseas for a break from the game.
But the 23-year-old is back refreshed and excited about his return, particularly alongside his older brother.
“That’s probably the number one thing, with Kal playing and coaching and Jake (other brother) a massive chance to come out as well. It’s probably something we didn’t ever think would happen and one of those things where it’s probably never going to happen again if we don’t do it now,” Will said.
“It’s very exciting. I haven’t played for two years now so I’m itching to play.”
Will’s injury-hampered AFL career saw him play just two games for the Crows.