Shepparton defender Ted Lindon might be leaving AFL Goulburn Murray, but he is going nowhere from the Bears.
The Bears’ co-captain today finishes up in his role as league operations officer at AFL Goulburn Murray.
Lindon intends to move to Melbourne after spending some time overseas.
But he has committed to travelling back to play for the Bears next season in a huge boost for this year’s beaten Goulburn Valley League grand finalist as their long-running search to secure a senior coach continues.
‘‘I’ve resigned to go to Melbourne. I don’t have anything lined up job-wise yet, but I’ll be going overseas and then going back to live in Melbourne,’’ Lindon said.
Sharon O’Dwyer, who has been working part-time at AFL Goulburn Murray in setting up the Northern Country Women’s League, will step up into a full-time league operations position.
Lindon was responsible for the Kyabram District Football Netball League and could not thank that competition and AFL Goulburn Murray enough.
‘‘It’s been really good with AFL Goulburn Murray and working with KDFNL clubs and the interaction I had with all of them was great,’’ Lindon said.
‘‘The KDFNL executive, headed by president Wayne Ryan, have been a great support during my time and I can’t thank them enough.
‘‘It’s been a little bit challenging at times combining footy with the AFL Goulburn Murray job, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing them both and it’s just a lifestyle thing to get back to Melbourne.
‘‘(AFL Goulburn Murray general manager) Martin Gleeson has been a big support to myself, he has invested heavily in my personal development and is someone I look up to.’’
Shepparton started pre-season training last night, headed by Lindon and an assistant coach, as the Bears attempt to find a replacement for Brad Campbell.
Gleeson said AFL Goulburn Murray was in a good position following Lindon’s time there.
‘‘Ted joined us on a short-term contract just prior to the 2016 finals series and immediately hit the ground running and the KDFNL board had no hesitation in recommending him for the full-time role,’’ Gleeson said.
‘‘Sharon O’Dwyer brings significant club and general administration experience to the role with her role as Secretary at Shepparton United and her work with the CFA and more recently at Greater Shepparton City Council.
‘‘She will continue to head up the women’s league as well as the KDFNL, with Melissa Wells providing administrative support in the office for female football match day processing.’’
AFL Goulburn Murray will advertise for a part-time netball administration role.