COLLINGULLIE-Glenfield Park have acted swiftly to lock captain-coach Luke Gestier in for season 2018.
The Demons have enjoyed an undefeated start to the season and the outlook only got better this week as Gestier re-signed as captain-coach after just four games.
Collingullie-GP president Glenn Crane said the entire club had been impressed with Gestier’s approach since he was appointed back in July last year.
“Luke’s fitting in well and we’re delighted to re-sign him,” Crane said.
“He’s very popular with the young fellas, he understands footy and makes it simple for them. He knows how to get the message across without ranting and raving.
“This gives Luke the opportunity to plan for next year as well so it’s a win-win.”
Gestier arrived at Crossroads Oval after one season at Ovens and Murray League club Lavington, where a knee injury in the first game ruined his season.
He has only managed five quarters of football for the Demons since, before he aggravated the knee injury, but booted five goals in a promising display against Turvey Park.
Originally from Wagga, Gestier is happy to have locked himself in for another year in charge at Collingullie.
“I’m stoked, so far, so good. I’m loving it,” Gestier said.
“I would have been happy to sign a two-year deal from the start but the club said it’s probably best for both parties so go with one year to see how I go and see if I like it.
“I’ve settled in well and probably surprised myself with how well I’ve adjusted to coaching. It’s good.”