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Ammos turn to Tenace

Former St Mary’s star Kane Tenace has been appointed coach of Geelong Amateur. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Ashlin Vijayan)

KANE Tenace says the chance to coach BFL powerhouse Geelong Amateur “is the perfect opportunity at the perfect time”.

The former Geelong speedster, who most recently been playing at GFL club St Mary’s, was unveiled as the replacement for Rowan McSparron and Jarrod Young on Friday morning.

Tenace, who played 54 games for the Cats after being taken with pick No.7 in the 2003 National Draft, says a move into coaching has been on the agenda as his playing career wound down.

“It’s definitely something I’ve thought about more over the last couple of years,” he said.

“Four or five years ago, if you’d told me I was going to be a senior coach I probably would have laughed a little bit.

“But over the last two or three years, it’s definitely something I’ve wanted to do more.

“I coached junior at St Mary’s this year and really enjoyed it, and I think as fun as coaching junior footy is, I really wanted to take that step and be in charge of a senior team.”

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However, the 33-year-old, who was best-on-ground in the Saints’ reserves grand final win over Colac last month, says he doesn’t intend pulling the boots on for Ammos.

“I’ve had my time. The hammies probably won’t stand up to another season of footy,” Tenace said.

“I’m more than happy to take a step off the field and just dive head-first into coaching.”

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Tenace will now turn his attention to shoring up Geelong Amateur’s list and putting together his coaching panel for next year.

However, he has confirmed veteran defender Daniel Lovick will be a playing assistant coach.

“It will be great to have someone of his experience and someone that’s been around the footy club to bounce some ideas off and run through the list with,” Tenace said.

“Obviously ‘Youngy’ (Jarrod Young) who did the job last year, I’m looking forward to having a chat with him and seeing how he thinks as well.

“But I’ll definitely be looking to bring at least one or two other guys on as well as assistants.

“We want a good structure in place, being my first appointment as well.”

MEANWHILE, Tenace isn’t the only handy addition to the coaching ranks at KFC Oval, with 2018 AFL Barwon Coaches Association Female Coach of the Year Shannon Knox joining Geelong Amateur.

Knox, who guided North Geelong to premierships in both the AFL Barwon and AFL Goldfields competition over the last two years, will be assistant coach to Ammos’ women’s coach Tim McGrath while also working with the club’s junior girls program.

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