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Herbie puts hand up for 2021

Barwon Heads co-coach Mitch Herbison. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

MITCH Herbison has put his hand up for a fifth season as coach of reigning BFL premier Barwon Heads in 2021.

The star midfielder is keen to extend his tenure, that has seen the Seagulls post a 75 per cent win record since he took charge alongside Bobby Wallace ahead of the 2017 season.

“We’ll have the discussion when it needs to be had about next year with Troy (Mitchell, co-coach), myself and the club and see what’s going to be the best fit,” Herbison said.

“But I’m keen to keep going. I’m enjoying my footy at the moment, so I’ll definitely be playing and most likely coaching.”

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Barwon Heads was due to start the defence of its first premiership since 1993 against Portarlington last Saturday.

However, the shutdown of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic means the Seagulls will have to wait.

“All the teams out there will be pretty keen to get out on the park,” Herbison said.

“It’s disappointing (not to be playing) because it’s a great time of year to be playing footy.

“The weather’s still relatively nice, and it’s exciting to start a new season.”

Unlike some of their rivals, Barwon Heads hasn’t put in place a specific program for their players to follow at this stage.

Herbison said there is no rush with the first weekend of June the earliest possible return date – and that seems optimistic with stage three restrictions in place across Victoria.

“There are still seven or eight weeks until we could potentially be playing,” he said.

“When AFL Barwon came out and said they were going to delay the season, we said we’d give the players a bit of a break from the routine of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday training, and allow them to their own thing for a little while.

“As the weeks go on, we’ll put something together and make sure guys come back fit and fresh.”

If the season does get underway at some point, Herbison said the delay would be a bonus for those on the comeback from injury, including Brad Harvey (shoulder reconstruction) and Jaydan McLauchlan (foot).

“It gives them a little bit of a chance to do some more recovery and get themselves right for a potential Round 1,” Herbison said.

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