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Meesen farewells Modda

John Meesen in action for Modewarre. (Marcel Berens Sports Photography Image/Marcel Berens)

A COACHING opportunity in Melbourne within minutes of his work and home has lead John Meesen to make the agonising decision to depart Modewarre.

The star junior, who returned to the Warriors for a second time in late 2017 to join good mate Josh Finch as co-coach and help the club to their first BFL premiership, has taken on an assistant coaching role with Collegians in the top flight of the VAFA.

“I had been in communication with (president) Mick Fitzgerald around my situation; they have been very accommodating,” Meesen said.

“But I couldn’t do the travel any longer, and the club completely understood and supported me.

“It’s a sad call to make because I have been at the club since I was a little boy; it’s been a huge part of my life. I’ve met life long friends at the club, and it’ll always be my home.”

“To think I was able to win our first BFL premiership with my great mate Josh Finch is a real highlight in my footy journey.

“I’ll always remember the feeling of joy and excitement and how packed it was back at Modda after our 2018 flag.”

Meesen, who shared the 2019 Ash Medal, will renew acquaintances Jared Rivers at Collegians after the former Melbourne and Geelong defender was named coach of the club.

The pair played together at Melbourne in 2009.

“It’s five minutes from my office and 10 minutes from home, so it gives great flexibility and support with my young family,” he said.

“I’m unsure whether I’ll play. I’m 34, but the body feels good.

“We’ll see how it plays out after some training sessions.”

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