Steve Reeves will coach Dookie United next season.
Murchison’s 2013 premiership coach and this year’s Kyabram District Football League interleague leader was announced in front of Dookie’s faithful at the Picola District league south-east club’s presentation night.
‘‘It was a brilliant night, it was well supported and it was good opportunity to meet everyone involved at the club,’’ Reeves said.
‘‘I am looking forward to the challenge, it is the first time I have been to Dookie in a while, the facility is great, but now we just need to bring back some on-field success.
‘‘Our aim will be to play finals and we will be doing that by developing players, hopefully bringing some back who left as a junior to play elsewhere and also through some new players.’’
Reeves takes over from Patrick McMullan, who led the side to a sixth-place finish this year, missing out on finals for the second straight season.
‘‘We have been talking to Steve for some months now and we are glad to officially have him on board,’’ Dookie president Steve Bowmaker said.
‘‘He comes with a strong history of coaching success in rural Victoria and we hope we can continue that on in the Picola District Football League.’’
It will be somewhat of a family affair at Dookie, with Reeves’ eldest son Mitch, 22, coaching his younger brother Mason, 12, in the under-14s, while Jackson, 16, will also play in the under-17s.
‘‘I wanted to always have a year off and I had a few offers to coach at different places, but the deciding factor in the end was to coach and be with my family on a Saturday,’’ Reeves said.
‘‘We will be all together on the one weekend and it is something that I am looking forward to.’’
On-field success for Reeves only comes through hard work and the incoming coach told his new troops that at their presentation night.
‘‘I told them what we do over the summer and pre-season will be based around hard work,’’ Reeves said.
‘‘We need to do the hard work in order to get ourselves back to where we want to be.’’