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Panthers to take new direction

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BELL Post Hill is set to look outside Myers Reserve for its new coach for the first time in more than a decade.

With Brad Martin choosing not to take up his option of a third year in charge at Myers Reserve, the Panthers are on the hunt for a replacement.

“I think it’s definitely time to look outside the club,” football boss Tony Dosen said.

“If you count Nathan Lewis, the last 13 years have been in-house Bell Post Hill people.

“So, it’s probably a good opportunity to look to bring someone in from outside.

“I think it will freshen up the club.”

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Bell Post Hill’s inaugural premiership captain in 2010, Martin spent two years in charge of the Panthers, taking them to last year’s flag before a preliminary final exit this year.

Dosen said Martin had been considering his position for about a month.

“In the end, we were probably surprised (he stepped down),” Dosen said.

“But in the end, with his family commitments, we knew he may not do the optional year.

“We weren’t totally shocked, but a little surprised.”

Martin is the only departure from Myers Reserve, with veteran defenders Will Urquhart and Shane Lymer headed for retirement.

“But, really, they’re the only two,” Dosen said.

“Will’s probably 100 per cent, Shane hasn’t said whether he’s 100 per cent in or out.”

However, Dosen has quashed speculation Whitley medallist Matt James was headed for Corio.

“Matty James is 100 per cent signed at Bell Post Hill,” he said.

“He signed ages ago, so I don’t know where that came from.”

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