Goulburn Valley League clubs looking for a coach can cross Steve Daniel’s name off their list.
The Seymour and Tatura premiership coach has landed the plum job at NEAFL powerhouse Southport Sharks.
Daniel has guided Gold Coast Suns’ NEAFL team for the past two seasons, leading them to a preliminary final this year.
But with huge change coming at the embattled Suns after Rodney Eade was sacked as senior coach, the Sharks’ gig was too good to pass up.
‘‘It’s certainly going to be great to be back in charge of my own football club again,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘(At an AFL club) you’re given listed players and then lots of academy players and you have to jel them all together each week.
‘‘That did excite me and I did enjoy it, but the excitement now for me is to go back and coach your own club again, and put your own list together.
‘‘It was a very tough decision to leave Gold Coast. Mark Evans and Marcus Ashcroft have been terrific for me.
‘‘Over the next couple of days I’ll get together with (Southport football manager) Jarrod Field and start having a look at our list, see where it’s at and see what needs to be worked on, and jump into recruiting as soon as possible.’’
Daniel takes over from former Adelaide and Gold Coast key-position player Nathan Bock, who resigned as coach of the Sharks after three seasons in charge.
Southport was a superpower in the QAFL, but the club has struggled to translate that to success in the NEAFL after joining the competition in 2011.
GVL preliminary finalists Shepparton and Seymour are on the hunt for new coaches, while Daniel had been linked with the Echuca job.
But the Murray Bombers landed former Carlton star Andrew Walker and Simon Maddox as co-coaches this week in a major coup for the club.