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Daniel can’t leave Cats in current state

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October 07, 2017

Family affair once more: Finley has secured the services of father and daughter Rob and Jorja Daniel for another season. Rob coaches the senior Cats while Jorja leads the youth girls Wildcats, and took home multiple coach of the year awards recently.

Rob Daniel will continue to coach Murray Football League battler Finley for another season.

Daniel initially was planning on standing down from the job after his two-season stint ended this year, having previously coached the Cats in 2011 and 2012, but felt he could not in good conscience hand the club over to a new mentor in its current condition.

‘‘I just signed on for the two years, but I figured it was not the right thing to do to hand it over after just one win (this year),’’ he said.

‘‘So hopefully we can have a good year and I can hand it over to someone then.’’

The Cats struggled for numbers this season and collected the wooden spoon after a tough campaign, but have already been proactive to start the off-season.

Along with Daniel’s re-signing, Finley has secured Steve Parr once more to coach the reserves, signed Angus Robertson as thirds coach and appointed Robb Hawkins as chairman of selectors and Mick Taylor as a development officer.

Lachie Small (captain) and Shaun Kable (vice captain) will also resume their roles next year, as well as youth girls coach Jorja Daniel.

Jorja is Rob’s daughter and has had an unbelievable season as coach of Finley’s Wildcats, the Goulburn Murray V/Line Cup girls team, the Shepparton District Junior Football League interleague side and as an assistant with the Murray Bushrangers girls side.

The busy year paid off for Jorja, taking out the youth girls coach of the year and Goulburn Murray Coaches Association female coach of the year awards, and Rob had no doubt as to which Daniel Finley should be more excited at retaining.

‘‘She does a good job and seems pretty popular with what she does,’’ he said.

‘‘She’s obviously better than me with all of those awards as well, so she’s gone past me as a coach.’’

Daniel hoped the stability and transparency of the Cats at such an early stage of the off-season would help with recruiting.

‘‘At this stage we can’t field two sides, so we’ve just got to get more players into the club,’’ he said.

‘‘We’ll target our local boys and try to get them back from other district clubs and then try to attract more players from outside the area.’’\

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