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Carson to coach Joeys

Paul Carson has been appointed as coach of GFL club St Joseph’s. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

REIGNING GFL premier St Joseph’s has appointed former star player Paul Carson as coach for the next two years.

Carson, who has spent the last two years as coach of Anglesea, replaces Heath Jamieson in the role.

“I’m really excited to be back at such a great club, a club that has been so good to me over the years,” Carson said in a statement on Joeys’ Facebook page.

“I understand I have big shoes to fill but can honestly say I’m looking forward to the new and exciting challenges ahead.

“It’s a great time to be involved with St Joeys after the recent success the Club has had from U17s (sic) through to the Senior team.

“I can’t wait to get back to Drew Reserve and get stuck in.”

Carson was one of the region’s most decorated players, featuring in premierships at St Joseph’s and GDFL club Werribee Centrals, and winning the Mathieson Medal as GFL best-and-fairest in 2008 when at Geelong West-St Peter’s.

He also played TAC Cup with the Western Jets, where he won the competition’s Coaches Award in 2000, and VFL with Geelong in 2009.

Carson was a playing assistant coach with Inverleigh in 2016, helping them to a preliminary final before winning the Anglesea coaching job at the end of that year.

After missing the finals in his first year, the Roos improved to finish third, falling to eventual premier Modewarre in the preliminary final.

“There is no doubt in the Committee’s minds that Paul and his assistant coaches will continue a learning environment and develop game plans for our senior squad to continue to compete effectively,” Joeys said in a statement.

“Paul has a genuine love of football and will enjoy a coaching role throughout the Club.”

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