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Berrigan Saints introduce three-coach line up for 2020

By Daniel Hughes

Just one week after Berrigan's biggest signing of the off season Tim McAuley was introduced, the Saints have also released their senior coaching staff for this season.

The seniors will be led by Ty Russell and on-field co-coach McAuley with the assistant coaching position assigned to Tom Beams.

Returning to the Saints’ reserves coaching position will be Damon Ferguson.

McAuley was the winner of the 2015 McLeod Medal in the Sunraysia Football League.

He also has a history with rugby league, being named man of the match in the 2016 Group 20 Rugby League First Grade grand final.

McAuley is looking forward to coming to Berrigan and is hoping the club can take the right steps in order to get some more wins on the board.

He admitted that coming to Berrigan wasn't his first choice, but the opportunities and friendship he had at the club were a big deciding factor for his commitment.

“Berrigan wasn't where I planned on going with my football, however, they were very helpful with presenting me with work opportunities,” he said.

“For me it's very important to set myself up for after football and the Saints had the opportunity for me to do so and to keep competing at a high level.

“I've only been to a few trainings, but it seems like a good club, I'm looking forward to getting to know the boys a bit more as the pre-season continues.

“After I get settled in and the football will take a bit to adjust to, but after that process is done, I think we can have a real good season and bring home some wins for Berrigan.

“They have good facilities here and I had a friend and now teammate in Matt Mahon who had nothing but good things to say about the club, so that helped in my decision to make the move.”

Russell was pleased to get McAuley on board to fill a much-needed on-field coaching role.

“Our pre-season has been going really well, the boys have been training hard and getting better each session,” Russell said.

“With my time commitments outside the club I have brought on two more coaches with Tim as a playing co-coach and Tom Beams as a playing assistant coach.

“Tim signed with the club just two weeks ago and will be a real asset to the Saints with his strong football background.

“His role will largely be his presence on the field in leading by example and setting the tone for the other players.

“He is a very good signing for the club and and offers a unique toughness to the game, we're very excited to have him on board.”