LEARMONTH has begun its search for a new senior coach following confirmation Brenton Powell won’t be seeking reappointment for 2017.
Powell is currently in his third year at the helm of the Central Highlands Football League club, but has indicated he will step down from the role at the end of this campaign.
The 29-year-old said he felt it was time for a new face with new ideas to lead the senior group, but confirmed he would remain with the Lakies solely as a player next year.
Powell will step down after three years at the helm – one in a joint capacity with John Northey and the last two on his own.
“I did two years (coaching) in Cairns (before arriving back at Learmonth), so this will be sort of five years all up. It’s a pretty big stint,” Powell told The Courier.
Powell, a four-time senior best and fairest at Learmonth, admitted he hadn’t achieved all he had hoped during his time in charge.
Alongside Northey, Powell took the Lakies to a finals series in 2014, but the team missed last year and doesn’t look like reaching the playoffs this season.
Learmonth president Matt Hines said his good friend would go down as a great of the club and that his leadership and guidance would still be required to help with whoever the club manages to find as his replacement.
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