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Bisset to lead Lions

Newly appointed Belmont Lions coach Nathan Bisset. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

NEWLY-appointed Belmont Lions coach Nathan Bisset says a chance to work with the club’s talented young list attracted him to the role.

Bisset, who has most recently been playing with Western Region Division 2 club Wyndhamvale, has accepted a two-year deal as playing coach of the Lions.

He is the full-time replacement for Ash Witney, who stood down mid-season before favourite son Lachie Edwards took on the role for the remainder of 2019.

“I went out and watched them against Anakie, and I watched them against East Geelong,” Bisset said.

“It was the young group that attracted me, with some promise; they do have a lot of promise.

“I think with a good gameplan and some structure, I’ll get the best out of them.”

This will be Bisset’s first coaching role, having also played across the region with Anakie, Bannockburn and Portarlington.

He spent two seasons with Wyndhamvale, which was coached this year by former Bell Post Hill and Geelong West star Chris Moreland.

Bisset was named in a forward pocket in the WRFL Division 2 Team of the Year, kicking 42 goals in helping the Falcons to the grand final.

The son of local great Daryl, the 28-year-old is keen to make his own name.

“Part of the reason I went up to Werribee was to make something my own and go somewhere where no one knew me and just enjoy my footy,” Bisset said.

“I was able to do that, and I think it’s time now to get back down here and jump into a coaching role.”

Bisset’s first job will be list retention, with star midfielder Dylan Witney and forward Nick Costello already confirmed as returning to GDFL rival Bell Post Hill.

“Just to make sure we can get everyone else committed,” said.

“And I’ll also chase a few higher-end recruits within that period as well.”

“With the contacts I’ve made, I should be able to cover those losses.”