PLAYING coach Matt Rea is eyeing finals as he prepares to lead Skipton into a third-straight Central Highlands Football League campaign.
Rea has been secured as coach for next season and says only a top eight finish will be a pass mark in 2014.
“We doubled the amount of wins from last season this year and we want to keep improving,” Rea said.
“You get two or three more wins and you are nearly guaranteed a finals spot.”
The 29-year-old joined the Emus from Moyston-Willaura in 2012, taking over the coaching reins from club legend Tim McKay.
Skipton managed just four wins to finish 14th in his first season in charge, but flourished this year when it collected eight victories to miss the finals by just two points.
Emus president Graham Layley said Rea was the right man to take the senior group forward.
“He is a very good teacher of footy and he’s got a very good rapport with the younger guys,” Layley said.
“We think that his philosophies on footy are what’s needed to be successful in the Central Highlands.”
Rea’s reappointment comes alongside that of assistants Simon Lockyer and Tyrone Ross, as well as reserves coach Vaughan Dunstan and under-17.5 coach Rod Kennedy.
The club is also hopeful McKay will continue in his role with the under-14.5s, which will play in a preliminary final against Hepburn tomorrow.
Layley said the club was in a great place as the 2013 season draws to a close.
“Financially and stability-wise I think we are far better than what we have ever been in my memory,” He said.