COROWA’S former AFL star Ryan Houlihan yesterday revealed he is excited by the opportunity he has landed to work with Riverina’s promising Australian football talent.
Houlihan retired at the end last season spanning a career of 201 games at Carlton where he earnt the reputation as a highly-skilled yet extremely versatile AFL footballer.
The 30-year-old was immediately snapped up by the Giants, where he has joined the ranks as an Academy coach, while he will also work closely with the under 16 and 18 NSW-ACT teams.
Houlihan was in Wagga yesterday holding AFL combines with the Giants and he said he is looking forward to working with Riverina’s most promising footballers.
“It’s been really good so far, I’m really enjoying it,” Houlihan said.
“I’ve been in the job six weeks now, this is my first regional trip and it’s good to get back to sort of home.
“Always when I was playing, I loved working with young kids and helping them develop.
“Now that I’ve finished, I wanted to step away from the AFL bubble in Melbourne and I’m lucky to get the role I got and to do what I always wanted to do.”
Houlihan was joined in Wagga by former Carlton teammate Chris Bryan.
Bryan played with both Carlton and Collingwood before he was delisted and tried his hand as an NFL punter with Green Bay Packers in 2010.