NEW Carngham-Linton senior coach Jamie Briody says he is under no illusions as to the enormity of the task in front of him.
Briody agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints this week, and takes over at the helm of the Central Highlands Football League club from last season’s coach Darren Quilliam.
The 41-year-old has spent more than a decade working for the AFL as a development officer for parts of Queensland and Asia Pacific.
Briody, who returned to Ballarat this year, said he was looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“I’ve met the committee, the coaches and the senior playing group and I was pretty impressed,” Briody said.
“The culture of Carngham-Linton has been a very successful one over the last 50-odd years.
“They have been very successful in other leagues and now they have made that step to go into the Central Highlands.
“Our aim is to build on it and become competitive with all teams.
“Our short-term goal is to get to the finals.”
Briody is joined on the senior coaching panel by Matt Newbury, who will take over as reserves coach.
Newbury, also 41, has a background in coaching and mentoring at Golden Point and Lake Wendouree.
Carngham-Linton secretary Sam Richardson said the club was now hoping to make inroads after two tough seasons in Central Highlands surrounds.
“We had a reasonable first year with seven wins, and last year started off well, but we fell away quite badly towards the end,” Richardson said.
“I don’t think any of the four new clubs are under any illusions now as to how tough and competitive this league is.
“We know that we have got to step up a fair bit, and on top of these appointments, that includes our playing personnel.”