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Opinions don’t worry Darley

Sam Darley in action for North Shore in 2018. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SAM Darley isn’t concerning himself with external opinions after being appointed co-coach of Geelong Amateur.

Eyebrows have been raised in some local football quarters after Ammos announced that the former North Shore coach would share the role with Daniel Holroyd on Tuesday afternoon.

His return to Geelong comes three years after he walked out on the Seagulls with one year to serve on a two-year contract to return to home club North Hobart.

“I’m a different person at 28 than I was at 24,” told krockfootball.com.au. “I’ve had a child and been through a few things in my life and have learnt things.

“A lot of people that tend to write things or say stuff or have opinions are the same people that don’t say anything when they see you in person.

“In terms of relevancy to me, or how I feel about it, it doesn’t really matter. The people around me know where I am now and the person that I am.

“I think that will show when I come back.”

However, Darley says taking the position at KFC Oval isn’t about proving people wrong.

“As long as the people that know me see me in the right light, it doesn’t really matter too much,” he said.

“Some people will hold onto those views and won’t change them anyway.

“If I change a few, that’s great. If I don’t, I’m not too stressed either.”

Darley spent 2021 as coach of Riverina League club Leeton Whitton.

He stepped down from the role last week and planned to play with them in 2022 while commuting from Geelong, where his partner Lill will return to the police force.

However, an approach from Ammos’ senior women’s coach Tim McGrath set the wheels in motion for Darley to partner with Holroyd.

“A couple of conversations with Dan went really well,” Darley said. “Then it progressed to presenting to the board, and it went from there.

“They’ve blown me away in terms of the way they’ve presented themselves.

“I did help Bluey with the girls down at Ammos with my partner playing down there, and the club impressed me in that time.

“But, I guess, in terms of how united the board are, and what they’ve put forward, and how much support they’re willing to give, it’s blown me away.”

Darley and his family are working on getting an exemption to return to Victoria.

When the former Western Bulldog and GWS Giants arrives, he will undergo minor knee surgery after being hit by a car while riding his bike earlier this month.

“I’ve got to have a little scrape out of the knee that’s basically old stuff anyway,” Darley said.

“But there’s a couple of new little things from the car.”

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