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Lachie keen for further improvement from Lions

Interim Belmont Lions coach Lachie Edwards. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Darren Phillips)

LACHIE Edwards is unsure whether he will put his hand up for the vacant Belmont Lions coaching job at the end of the season.

However, the 26-year-old, who replaced Ash Witney ahead of the Round 10 clash with Anakie is making sure his nine games in charge at Winter Reserve aren’t wasted.

“We’re doing things a little bit different, with reviewing of the games, communication with players,” Edwards, whose late grandfather Trevor and dad Craig are both greats at the club, said.

“It doesn’t take much to be up into the top five and being competitive. If you make it hard for other teams to score against you, the offence will come.

Edwards says one of his first jobs after taking the role was to give ownership of how the Lions played to his players.

“I just asked the boys what kinds of structures they wanted to try – do they want to do something different?,” he said.

“I think the boys, now, are starting to come together a bit more. With what’s been happening, we wanted to make sure we were always united.

“Knocking off Winch was the big one. Bannockburn, to be honest, we really took it up to them out there.

“We were only a goal down in the fourth quarter. Peter (Riccardi) and (Darren) Milburn came up to us after the game and said we gave them a bit of a scare.

“And that’s what we want; to know we are competitive, and teams aren’t just going to roll over us and think it’s going to be an easy win.”


Edwards, who played TAC Cup with the Geelong Falcons and VFL at Frankston, returned to Belmont Lions after an injury-interrupted season with GFL club Bell Park last year.

He hasn’t played a senior match since the Round 7 loss to Inverleigh due to a hamstring injury but is closing in a return.

“I had a run in the twos against North Geelong on the weekend just to see how it was feeling and it wasn’t too bad,” Edwards said.

“Thomson’s my goal back on the home deck (in Round 16).

“I’ve just got to get through training. Coaching makes it a bit difficult, but we’ll see how we go.”

Edwards confirmed off-season acquisition Nick Costello won’t play again in 2019 due to work commitments, while fellow former Bell Post Hill player Blake Podnar remains sidelined with a groin issue.

Tyler Jones and Bayden Maxwell also remain sidelined ahead of the trip to Galvin Park to take on finals-bound Werribee Centrals.

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