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Second Best departs Supersaints

HAYDEN Best has joined brother Jarrod in departing GFL club St Albans.

The pair were appointed co-coaches of the Supersaints on a three-year deal at the end of 2017.

However, personal reasons have seen Hayden step down and return to Shepparton.

It comes after Jarrod returned to Melbourne at the conclusion to the 2018 season.

“Prior to Christmas 2018, the club was made aware of a personal matter that Hayden Best has been dealing with,” a statement released this morning by president Craig Osborne via the club’s Facebook page said.

”This personal matter has unfortunately resulted in Hayden having to return to his home town of Shepparton and be with his family support network.

“Over the past several weeks, key club officials have been in constant and ongoing conversations with Hayden and his family since his return to Shepparton.

“The club’s main concern has been for Hayden’s personal wellbeing and the club will continue to support Hayden in anyway it can. As a part of our discussion with Hayden we have discussed his ability to continue to coach the club whilst dealing with these personal matters.

Wit’s this in mind, it has been mutually agreed that Hayden will be stepping down from his position to be the senior coach of St Albans Football Club effective immediately.”

Playing assistant coach Adam Boshevski has been elevated to a co-coaching role alongside Chris Carlon.

Carlon is no stranger to St Albans having coached club’s reserve grade team.

He has also had senior roles at Forrest, Geelong West (GDFL) and Newcomb.

He has spent the last two years as an assistant at BFL premier Modewarre.

“Whilst going external was an option, it was felt that this would have been too disruptive to the existing playing and coaching group also coupled with poor timing (a week prior to Christmas) and the likely-hood of securing a capable coach with only three months to our first practice game essentially resulted in this option being discarded,” Osborne said.

“The strength and depth our existing coaching talent lead us to approach Chris and Adam who have both expressed an absolute desire to coach our senior team.

“The blend of these two individuals works well, with Chris being the off-field coach and taking the more senior/leadership role, whilst Adam will provide the on-field coaching role.

“Both are very good communicators, measured, considered and above all have the appropriate football smarts to ensure they are able to perform the coaching role of a GFL club.

“This is a good outcome from what was a challenging situation and we can move forward into the 2019 season with a clear outcome, direction and structure.”

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