After a pair of difficult years for the Daylesford Bulldogs in the Central Highlands Football League, the club has decided to bring in some new blood to act as a playing coach.
Fresh off three consecutive trips to the preliminary finals in the Western Boarder Football League, Hamish Jarrod has been brought in to help turn the tide at Daylesford.
An experienced playing coach, Jarrod told The Courier he has high expectations for his first year with the Bulldogs.
"Our goals are to return to finals footy in 2020, it's as simple as that," he said.
"We're not going to set any goals that are higher than that, I'm a big believer that you set goals to get yourselves into finals and take the opportunities from there."
Daylesford FNC president Carson White echoed his new coaches sentiments.
"We know we want to be playing finals footy again," White said.
"This season was a real eye-opener for us and we realised that we had to get ourselves a lot more organised and find the right coach that was going to be the right fit not only culturally at the club but also had a really good plan."
Across his career Jarrod, 33, has played and coached across western Victoria including a year with the North Ballarat Rebels, fours years with Lake Wendouree, six seasons with Torquay and the last three years with Casterton-Sandford.
He also played a pair of seasons in Queensland with the Cairns City Lions.
Coming into the club, Jarrod says he believes the Bulldogs' list features a lot of potential and only needs a few more experienced additions to help the side push into finals.
"Looking from the outside in - obviously they (Daylesford) only won two games last year - there's a lot more potential in the list than what they've shown over the past couple of years," Jarrod said.
"They've had a really bad run with unavailabilities and injury and I'm looking to bring in some top-class recruits who can bring in some much needed experience to help the young guys out.
"Once we do that I think we can make the jump really quickly... finals in 2020 is definitely on the radar."
White told The Courier one of the biggest reasons Jarrod was brought in was because of his ability to bring discipline to the side's young playing group.
"We looked at his track record at Casterton-Sandford and how he was able to turn them around really quickly," White said.
"One of the big things for them was being disciplined in everything around their processes.
"What appealed to us was that he came in with a plan and knew exactly what he wanted to do."
The new coach will reconnect with former Casterton-Sandford teammate Michael Cummings, who struggled with injuries for much of 2019.
Jarrod say's he can't wait to take the field alongside Cummings once again.
"I'm really excited about playing footy with Freddy (Cummings) again.
"Everyone around the region who's seen him play knows what he's capable, it's just unfortunate his body let him down a lot last year.
"He's been put on ice for a while and I know he's keen as mustard to have a crack next year."
Jarrod will replace Zac Tisdale as senior coach after two years in the position. Tisdale will remain with the Bulldogs as a player.
Tisdale, 28, was only able to lead Daylesford to four victories in his two years at the helm.
Jarrod believes bringing a new voice into the group and his experience coaching around western Victoria may help motivate the young side.
"Coaching is a tough gig... I believe I'm a lot better at coaching now than I was when I started. I think my experience over the past three years will serve quite well when it comes to getting the most out of this group.
"For the group, having an external voice come in is what they need. Being young players I think they do need to be constantly challenged."
Elsewhere Newlyn has announced Lachlan Shaw and Jason Slater will coach the club's reserve team in the upcoming season.
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