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Ricco urged Banno to advertise

Will Peter Riccardi be the coach of Bannockburn in 2020? (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BANNOCKBURN coach Peter Riccardi has revealed he told the club to open up applications the senior coaching position for 2020.

But it doesn’t necessarily mean the Geelong great won’t be in charge for a fifth season next year.

“We had a bit of a chat and asked them (the club) to advertise it,” Riccardi said.

“If someone comes along that they think’s a good fit, and I’m not right the person for it, then, by all means, go for it.

“This is my fourth year. At the start, I was only going to be two or three years.

“I am still enjoying it. It’s just they want me to commit right now and I probably can’t.”

Riccardi says he will speak with the leadership group and then the players before making a decision.

“And see what they’re thinking and how they feel, and whether they need a new voice,” he said.

“If so, it will probably make my decision a little bit easier. If not, then I’ll probably hang around.

“The club probably wants to know sooner or later. But, right now, my focus is on finishing these last two games and going into finals.

“I’m not going to waver from that.”

Bannockburn, which has played finals every year of Riccardi’s tenure, including appearing in the 2016 grand final, sits second on the GDFL ladder with two rounds remaining.

A win over Geelong West at West Oval this week or against Anakie in the final round will be enough for the Tigers to claim the double-chance.

“We’ve got two pretty tough games,” Riccardi said.

“Geelong West, I know they’re probably out of it (finals race), but they probably want to finish off strongly and take a scalp.

“And Anakie are playing good footy at the same time as well.

“We just want to get through this week and, hopefully, have a good win, and then we can breathe a little bit easier.

“But, if we don’t, and results go the other way, we’re still treading on broken glass.”

Bannockburn will be boosted by the return of Jake Myles, Josh Cole, Tom Gillies and Tom Bath.

Riccardi will also have a decision to make on whether versatile big man Kieran Fulton comes back via the reserves or goes straight back into the senior team after returning from nearly two months overseas.

“It puts another spanner in the works because I thought he’d come back, have a game in the twos, and then come back and play in the Anakie game,” Riccardi said.

“But he ran around like he hadn’t missed a beat last (Tuesday) night.”

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