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Morphet lands VFL role

Leopold coach Guy Morphet has taken a role with Geelong’s VFL team. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GUY Morphet has stepped down as coach of GFL club Leopold to accept a role with Geelong’s VFL team.

Morphet, who has spent the last two years at the helm at Memorial Park, informed the Lions’ playing group last night of his decision.

“It is never easy to put into words as I have so much respect for all of you, and some the friendships forged over the last 2 years coaching you guys will last forever,” Morphet wrote in the message to the players seen by krockfootball.com.au.

“But this has been my dream, and to be given the opportunity to keep progressing my coaching was one I couldn’t turn down.”

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After stepping into the role vacated by premiership-winning coach Steve Clark at the end of 2017, Morphet took Leopold to the minor premiership in his first year in charge.

However. the Lions lost both finals, including a heartbreaking one-point loss to eventual premier St Joseph’s in the preliminary final.

This year, Leopold was the first victim of St Mary’s barnstorming run to the flag, suffering a 90-point loss.

Lions football boss Matt Aston says Morphet leaves with the club’s blessing.

“The club was always aware of Morph’s desire to progress his coaching and we supported him in that,” Aston said.

“The club has been in this situation before when ‘Greavsey’ (Aaron Greaves) went to the Geelong Falcons and ‘Otis’ Steve Clark replaced him late in into pre-season.

“We have a really strong leadership group and experienced senior players who will drive the early part of pre-season.

“That will give us an opportunity to sit down and work through what the next coach looks like and get the right person for the position.”

 

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