MARC Greig will remain in black and white next season, both on and off the football field.
The 32-year-old, who retired from playing VFL football at North Ballarat at the end of this past season, has been appointed assistant coach at the Roosters for 2013.
The former Roosters captain will also play a number of matches with North Ballarat City in the Ballarat Football League next season when it does not clash with his VFL commitments.
That could be up to 10 times next season for the BFL finalist.
Another former skipper, three-time premiership captain Shaune Moloney, will also return as an assistant coach at the Roosters as part of senior coach Gerard FitzGerald’s line-up.
“I had a very good relationship with them from a coach to player perspective and now I’m looking forward to having a very good relationship with them from a coach to coach perspective,” Fitzgerald said yesterday.
“I started coaching Shaune Moloney in 1998 and I started coaching Marc Greig in 1999. Shaune finished up in 2010 so I coached him every year he was here and, what makes it special, when you coach a player for so long, you develop a close relationship with them.”
Greig has already been an assistant coach as a player at the Roosters in the past two years. While that was a secondary role to his playing, it will become his primary role from next season.
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“For a couple of years I had Marc Greig as an on-field coach in the backline,” FitzGerald said. “Tim Chandler did a very good job off the field as his match day coach so Greigy could also play well.”
Greig said he was looking forward to continuing his development as a coach, while playing football locally.
“Working with ‘Fitzy’ will enable me to continue my development as a coach at the club I have called home for 17 years,” he said.
“I also have a terrific relationship with (North City coach) Robbie Waters and I hope to add value at North City when I am available.”
Greig played 209 senior games with the Roosters and was a premiership player in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He was captain for the past two seasons and is a member of North Ballarat’s team of the decade.
Prior to that he played 44 games with the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup in 1996-1998.
North Ballarat chief executive officer Mark Patterson said the appointments were a good news story both for the VFL and BFL.