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Power stays with Eagles

East Geelong coach Jeremy Power addresses his players during the elimination final loss to Inverleigh. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

JEREMY Power will continue as East Geelong coach in 2020.

Power confirmed he would spend a third season in charge at Richmond Crescent after taking a couple of weeks following the Eagles’ elimination final exit to determine his future.

“I’ve got three kids, a busy work, and footy; it’s sort of three full-time things,” Power said. “At different times, that’s pretty tough to manage.

“One of the things (I considered) was making sure that I’ve got the energy and real competitiveness to really do well.

“But also to bring the club around on the support I’m going to want heading into next year.

“Because it’s a different challenge now. We’ve got to a certain point, so that next level of coaching and support is what I’m really keen to get sorted.”

Power revealed they are talking with several people about getting on board at East Geelong, which returned to the finals for the first time in five years.

“It makes it easier once I’m committed, and we’re doing recruiting as well,” Power said.

“Hopefully, other things flow on from there.”

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Power confirmed the Eagles spoke with Jai Thompson about a role, with the Leopold star having close family ties to the club.

Thompson’s late uncle Mick coached East Geelong for seven seasons, while another uncle Graeme played in the 1993 Division 2 premiership under Mick and served as president.

“There’s a couple of milestones he wants to hit at Leopold,” Power said.

“We’ll see what happens in 12 months. He’s a quality player, and anyone of his ability, you would be having a chat to if you can.”

East Geelong unveiled former St Albans and Portarlington star Luke Williams as a recruit for 2020 last week, and Power says he is a welcome addition.

“To be able to add some top-end class to the group will make a big difference for us,” he said.

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