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Giants go coach hunting

Geelong West co-chairman Tom Morrissy. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

GEELONG West has wasted no time in developing a shortlist as they start the process of filling the coaching position that will be vacated by Andy Viola at the end of season 2017.

As krockfootball.com.au revealed on Sunday, Viola has decided against a fourth-season in charge of the the Giants despite triggering a clause that would have seen him re-appointed for 2018.

“We’ll throw it (the net) pretty wide,” co-chairman Tom Morrissy said of the search for a replacement . “We’ve got a few shortlisted people already.

“But we’ll certainly look for someone experienced in coaching, rather than a player coach.

“And we would look for somebody that’s, maybe, got some experience in (the) development of a younger list, which certainly our list reflects that at the moment.”

Morrissy says they’re the Giants are not locked into a time-frame to make an appointment.

“Not absolutely. We would like to think we’re in a position by the end of the (home-and-away) year to have sorted out our coach, re-signed all our players, and really use the off-season to develop our list further,” he said.

Viola has labelled the position a “plum role” for his replacement, a sentiment echoed by Morrissy.

“We’ve had an interest in all year with what we’re doing,” he said.

“The young players – there’s some exciting players in the 17 and 18-year-old age bracket coming through.

“We certainly have a young and developing group, and that’s what we really are focusing on.

“We’ve hardly got a player over 25.”

Twitter: @tom_king79