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Hall and Looby extend their tenure at Demons

Shepparton United co-coaches Geoff Hall and Tim Looby have signed on to do the job again next year.

GEORGINA CAHILL August 22, 2014 3:15am

Shepparton United co-coaches Geoff Hall and Tim Looby will coach the Demons for another year.

Shepparton United co-coaches Tim Looby and Geoff Hall have recommitted to the club for next season.

Demons vice-president Craig Blizzard was pleased to announce the duo had agreed to stay at the helm.

‘‘The committee has agreed to appoint them and they’re already out recruiting for next year,’’ Blizzard said.

‘‘We’ve been happy with them ... and they’re both travelling well.’’

Looby’s and Hall’s first season in the joint senior role has United in seventh place, but it remains in the mix for finals football.

Blizzard said the Demons would waste no time in looking to bolster the current list next season.

‘‘The trouble is we played in a grand final last year and we lost 11 (players) from that side,’’ he said.

‘‘I think there were four retirements, a couple went into coaching, a couple are playing footy in Melbourne.

‘‘There was no bad blood anywhere, but it was going to be very hard for the club or a coach to keep that group together.’’

Having played in three grand finals in the past four years, Blizzard said Shepparton United was committed to remaining a genuine force.

‘‘The last five years have been very successful in all areas of the club, but it is near impossible to continue that on without coming to a slow down,’’ he said.

‘‘We believe we haven’t gone down too far and we think we can rebound from this while we still have some quality players.’’

In his fourth year playing at the club, Looby said the decision to recommit had been in the pipeline for a number of weeks.

‘‘Craig and the committee put the wheels in progress probably six weeks ago,’’ Looby said.

‘‘It was definitely an easy decision.’’

Looby has had a stellar season for the Demons, which included a six-goal haul against rivals the Shepparton Swans last weekend.

A former Shepparton East and Mooroopna coach, Hall said the co-coaching arrangement suited him.

‘‘I’m at the stage where I’d struggle to coach full time with my employment,’’ Hall said.

‘‘It suits me down to the ground with the arrangement.’’

Hall said like Looby, the decision to recommit was an easy one.

‘‘We’ve been talking about it and where we’re at and what we’re doing,’’ he said.

‘‘I think we had it in the back of our minds that’s what we wanted to do.’’

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