Cairns Saints premiership coach Nick Braybon will lead the Deni Rovers in next year's Picola & District Football League season.August 12, 2014 4:10am
The Deni Rovers have made a shock announcement that key forward Nick Braybon will return to the local area as senior playing-coach for the 2015 Picola & District Football League season.
The club made the announcement to players after Saturday’s away game to Berrigan, the side’s last for the year after winning just one game.
Braybon, the brother of Rovers ruckman Marc, will take over the role from Luke Moodie who hasn’t played since a knee reconstruction last year.
Rovers president Craig McCulloch said Moodie was contracted to the club and would stay on as assistant coach in 2015.
‘‘Silver (Moodie) approached the senior footy department a couple of months ago and said he would consider stepping aside if there was a suitable playing-coach available,’’ McCulloch said.
‘‘I couldn’t speak any higher of someone who would put the club before themselves like that.
‘‘He will also take on a bit more junior development which he did with the top age thirds kids this year.’’
Braybon, 28, coaches the Cairns Saints in the AFL Cairns competition and is a major signing for the Roos who struggled following a mass exodus of players this year.
McCulloch said the newly appointed coach makes his ruckman brother ‘‘look like a midget’’.
As a player, Braybon was a member of the NSW under-16s team before two seasons with the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup in 2002-03.
After missing out on a spot on an AFL list he spent a year at Wangaratta Magpies in the Ovens & Murray Football League and then moved on to Croydon in Melbourne’s Eastern Football League for four years.
Since being named coach of the Cairns Saints in 2012, Braybon has led the side to two premierships in a row and they are second on the ladder after 15 games this year.
‘‘Nick’s a primary school teacher and is moving back this way,’’ McCulloch said.
‘‘We met with him in early July when he was here visiting family.
‘‘The club is really happy to have Nick on board and he has said it isn’t a short term thing.
‘‘We are hoping he will be coaching for at least three or four years.’’
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