TURVEY Park have unveiled Truman Carroll as the club’s new senior coach.
Carroll will step into the role vacated by Mitch Sykes as the Bulldogs’ look to build on the platform laid this year and launch into finals in 2018.
Carroll returned to Maher Oval this year after a few seasons away touring the world with his motocross career, then a short stint at Ovens and Murray League club Lavington.
The 31-year-old was assistant coach this season and is looking forward to stepping up into the top job.
“It’s going to be really good,” Carroll said.
“Obviously they’re going forward as a club, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge of taking it on.”
A few years back, Carroll was touring the world with Krusty Demons and Nitro Circus.
Now with a small family, Carroll has settled down and enjoyed returning to football.
“Definitely, last year was great down at Lavington, learning all that sort of stuff,” he said.
“Now that I’m not riding, I’m putting all my effort into footy and I’m really enjoying it.”
Carroll will be joined by another Turvey Park junior in the coaching ranks. Jeremy Sykes will step into the assistant coaching position, while Mitch Sykes will also stay on at the club.
Chris Cerato, a former Turvey Park coach, will be back at the Bulldogs next year, while Carroll has high hopes for former junior Bobby Tye, who is also returning.
Turvey Park has retained the majority of their playing list, with only Jack Brooks and Tim Doyle planning to move on.
Carroll has a simple plan at this stage.
“Just to continue what’s going on,” he said.
“Everyone’s staying on, which is really good, except a couple moving on.
“The club is going forward so I just want to continue what Mitch and the club has started and build on that.”
Carroll will miss the first round of next season due to suspension.
His first mission was to keep the playing group together. He also hopes to add a couple more recruits, potentially a ruckman and midfielder.