BEAUFORT’S tilt at the 2016 Central Highlands Football League premiership is front of mind, but the club also has one eye to the future.
Rohan Brown has been confirmed as the man that will replace senior coach Dale Power, who has kept no secrets about his desire to step down from the helm at the end of this year.
Brown left Waubra to join Power as an assistant last season and will assume that role again before taking over the top job in 2017.
The Crows’ succession plan will see Power leave the role after three campaigns.
“It’s sort of been the plan since we got Rohan last year and that was the idea to promote him through,” Power told The Courier.
“Have a year or two under myself and then he’ll take the reins from next year.”
Power said Brown would acquit himself well as coach of the Crows and believed it would be a “natural progression” when he takes on the position.
“He’s got a great footy brain, he’s been involved in the Rebels and obviously been around a good level of footy all his life,” Power said.
“And he’s already helped me a lot. I’ve got no doubt he’ll take over really well and he’s fitted in at the club really well.”
After missing the early part of the 2015 season while overseas, Brown played a total of nine senior games for the Crows, including their elimination final defeat at the hands of Hepburn when he kicked two goals.
With the senior side eliminated, Brown was then part of the reserves team that won through to the grand final and beat Buninyong to land a drought-breaking premiership.
Power has openly stated he has recruited strongly again during the pre-season in a bid to lift the Crows to their first senior flag since the back-to-back triumphs in 1995 and 1996.
He has landed a strong contingent of North Ballarat City players and maintained a good crop of last year’s squad.
Beaufort will open the new campaign with a round one encounter against Daylesford on April 9.
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