By no means is outgoing Cootamundra Strikers’ coach Luke Dickinson leaving the club in the lurch.
Dickinson has nurtured the first-grade squad into form, and produced the best results since the club’s most recent premiership win in 2007.
And now a viable contender has raised his hand for the coaching position; skipper and Pascoe player of the Year Brent Farnsworth, 28, has expressed an interest in taking it on. In his homecoming season, Farnsworth’s character, skill and commitment has been put to the test.
He has won the respect of his team-mates, and a handful of players from rival clubs.
While the club’s yet to assigned the position, the Strikers’ committee has been discussing the prospect of signing Farnsworth on.
“I’m not sure whether it’s going to happen,” he said.
“Nothing’s in cement.
“If I’m asked to do it, I’m up to do it.”
Farnsworth’s 10 years younger than Dickinson.
“Hopefully I’m not too young,” he said.
“There aren’t too many blokes in town more experienced than me.”
Strikers have been digesting the grand-final loss on Sunday.
“Everyone’s quite upset about the loss, yeah it hurts,” he said.
“But for a small town with a population of 7,000, competing with a Wagga-based club, we have a lot to be proud of.”
Farnsworth reviewed the video footage of the match to pinpoint the difference between the Strikers and premiers Lake Albert Sharks, resting on the same conclusion he had drawn Sunday night.
“There were two or three really good chances we didn’t take,” he said.
“They took their chances, we didn’t, that’s the way it goes.”
All players, except for two, have committed to another season, those under doubt may not be living in Cootamundra in 2017.
“If they're in town, they're playing for us,” Farnsworth said.