Lee Fraser has been appointed Murray Bushrangers' talent manager, taking over from Andrew Carson who resigned in December.DAMEN FRANCIS February 4, 2014 4:05am
Lee Fraser is the man tasked with replacing outgoing Murray Bushrangers talent manager Andrew Carson.
Carson announced his resignation from the TAC Cup club in December after seven years at the helm, to take up the role of national recruiter with AFL club North Melbourne.
Fraser is believed to be the first TAC Cup graduate to take on such a role, having made his way through the Western Jets program in the class of 1994, after initially joining the club in the competition’s foundation season in 1992.
Drafted to Hawthorn in 1995, Fraser was delisted after one season and played three seasons at Williamstown in the VFL.
Fraser went on to serve as general manager of Coburg Football Club, before relocating to Yarrawonga with his family in 2010, where he has been employed as executive grants officer at Moira Shire and Brimbank City councils.
Since the move, Fraser has been involved in local sport, as senior assistant coach at Ovens and Murray Football League club Yarrawonga and captain of Wangaratta District Cricket Association club Yarrawonga-Mulwala.
AFL Victoria state league and talent manager John Hook said Fraser’s ‘‘strong football background, coupled with his employment in local government made him an ideal candidate’’.
Fraser was looking forward to the challenge of continuing Carson’s good work in the region.
‘‘All the reports coming out of Melbourne are that this is a great program and that AJ (Carson) has done a great job,’’ Fraser said.
‘‘I’m looking forward to meeting all the volunteers and coaches and working closely with coach Darren Ogier to find out how the club operates.
‘‘The Bushies have a great reputation and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to build on that.’’
Fraser said among the biggest challenges he faced were engaging with local clubs and coping with the size of the region in regards to player opportunity.
‘‘We want to give every player the chance to show their talent and we want all the young men that come through the program to leave as better people,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s an area I see benefits for local clubs, because often players that don’t end up getting drafted do come back to their home clubs as better people for the TAC Cup experience.’’
Fraser is expected to start on Monday, with Carson to finish up the following Friday.
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