Seymour coach Shane Robertson has quit as the Lions' mentor due to personal reasons.By Hannah Driscoll
The number of Goulburn Valley Football League clubs looking for coaches next season has risen after Seymour coach Shane Robertson resigned.
Robertson cited personal reasons for his departure, but the Carlton premiership player will see out the end of the season, which could still include finals for the Lions.
The players and supporters were informed last Thursday at training, but the committee was informed after the match against Rochester.
Robertson, who took over from retired coach Bernie Haberman, said the purpose of informing club officials as soon as possible was to give them time to find a replacement.
Seymour president Gerard O’Sullivan said the club was seeking a playing coach for next season and was already in talks with candidates, but said it was too early to name anyone.
He said it was possible the appointment could also come from within the club.
Daylesford-based Robertson said his reasons were personal and there was no other club involved or disagreements within the Lions’ den.
He said he was disappointed to leave the club.
‘‘My past I’ve been very loyal to the clubs I’ve coached — at Daylesford for six years and Castlemaine for six years and Hepburn for nine years,’’ Robertson said.
‘‘I don’t want to be portrayed as a one-year coach or people to think something’s gone wrong or I’ve had issues with the club because it’s definitely not the case.
‘‘Simply the fact is that I do 3000
‘‘When it’s all said and done, there’s life outside of footy.’’
Robertson said he ‘‘definitely won’t coach next year, so whether something comes of it down the track, I don’t know’’.
He said it had been a disappointing year for the Lions due to injuries to the core senior players, but the upside was he got to work a lot with the club’s youngsters and believed they had a good basis for the Lions’ future.
Robertson said the challenges of the GVFL were ‘‘exciting’’, so his only regret was he was finishing up after 12 months.
O’Sullivan said the decision to depart was Robertson’s, which the club accepted, and was more than happy with his contribution.
‘‘With the amount of travel Shane was doing, our football club couldn’t have asked any more from what he’s done for us this year,’’ O’Sullivan said.
‘‘The effort he’s put in has been outstanding and I think it weighed heavily on his personal life, and it’s just the time.
‘‘He’s done a fantastic job and we appreciate his efforts and we’re hoping we’re not going to finish early yet either. We want to make sure we get through and start competing in finals and see how far we go.’’
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