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Skrobba lends a hand at Eagles

Adam Skrobalak has taken on a role at East Geelong. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

ADAM Skrobalak may have gone on to bigger things with his coaching, but the East Geelong premiership coach hasn’t forgotten where he’s come from.

Skrobalak, who is now midfield coach at St Kilda, has taken on a mentoring role for junior coaches at Richmond Crescent.

“(President) Sean O’Leary and (junior coordinator) reached out and said they were looking for someone to be a mentor to their junior coaches,” Skrobalak, who coached the Eagles to their most recent GDFL senior flag in 2009, said.

“They’re looking for a way to improve their coaches so that then flows through to their players.

“They’ve made a commitment to the way their juniors develop into their senior ranks; clearly there’s a motivation with the points system.

“But also growing that thriving junior football into the senior football community.”

East Geelong has been one of the quickest growing GDFL clubs when it comes to junior numbers, tripling in size from 50 to 150 in recent years.

In 2019, they were the only GDFL club to field teams in all junior grades from under-19s down.

Skrobablak says the mentor role will involve presentations to the coaches.

“I’ll be spending some time with them as a group and talking about some certain topics, mainly around how to develop players, and keeping a learning environment and keeping it fun as well.

“And interacting with parents and supporters, professionalism, and their own development.

“I’ll also be available if they want to call and have a chat if they have any issues or questions about drills or how things are going.”

Skrobalak return is further good news for the Eagles, who have had both the home and visitors changerooms renovated over summer.

An electronic scoreboard is likely to be in place by the time Round 1 of the season rolls around.

East Geelong is holding its junior registration day on Sunday, February 9 at Richmond Crescent from 11am-2pm.