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A Torney in Lions' fate

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November 09, 2017

Justin Torney will coach Undera next season.

Undera Football Club has chosen club favourite Justin Torney as its coach for next season.

Torney coached the Lions to the Kyabram District Football League reserves premiership in 2013 and is the man to take the club forward after winning one game last season.

Undera parted ways with coach Peter Cordy during the year, with star player Danni Heazlewood stepping up to the top job for the remainder of the campaign.

Lions president Corey Turvey said Torney was a dedicated club person who would inspire the next generation of players.

‘‘He’s (Torney) a local fella who’s been around the club for about 15 years in various roles,’’ Turvey said.

‘‘He hasn’t had an official role since coaching the reserves premiership in 2013, but he helped out towards the end of this year when we needed him.’’

Undera looked to have signed Numurkah star Jye Warren as coach, but he declined the offer after being appointed co-coach at the Blues in the Murray Football League.

Turvey said the Lions were delighted with having Torney in place, which has already led to some key player signings for next season.

‘‘We’ve got Brenton Campbell coming back to the club from Bonnie Doon after a few years away, which is very pleasing,’’ Turvey said.

‘‘Sam O’Brien is going to be playing as well and we’ve got a few others that we’ll announce soon.’’

Heazlewood has been appointed reserves coach at the Lions.

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