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Sleepless nights for new Saint

St Mary’s recruits Ben Moloney (middle left) and Josh Jaska with co-coaches Glenn Keast and Travis Robertson. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BEN Moloney has admitted he didn’t sleep well for “three or four nights” before settling on St Mary’s as his football home for 2019.

Moloney, who has accepted an assistant coaching role after drawing the curtain on his 104-game VFL career at the conclusion of Werribee’s season, weighed up offers from both the Saints and arch-rival St Joseph’s, which was his interchange club in 2018 and where he played in last year’s GFL premiership.

Also adding to Moloney’s dilemma is the fact newly-appointed Joeys coach Paul Carson will be master of ceremonies at the 27-year-old’s wedding next month.

“I had to take the emotion out of the decision and go, “well, what’s best for me in my development and my future?” he told krockfootball.com.au.

“With two pretty established coaches (Glenn Keast and Travis Robertson) in their own right and their experience, that’s something I can draw on.

“And if I want to take on more, they’re more than happy for me to do that.

“But if I need to step back and just play and lead on-field, they’re happy with that as well.”

Moloney says he informed Carson, who was appointed as Heath Jamieson’s replacement earlier this month, of his decision on Monday.

“He was understanding, (but) obviously disappointed,” Moloney said.

“He’s a good mate of mine, and I’ve got a lot of good friends at Joeys, but when push came to shove, I had to make the decision that’s best for me and my development.

“There are no ties cut; I wouldn’t think. I think it’s just a matter of moving on to the next stage and going from there.”

Moloney is bracing himself for a hostile reception from the vocal St Joseph’s fanbase if the Saints are drawn to play at Drew Oval in 2019.

“I called a few of the boys during the week to let them know, and with the responses I got, I might have to take full SWAT gear to protect myself,” he joked.

“It’s expected; I understand it. And I understand that there’d be a lot of disappointed people and why would I leave?; I guess that’s probably the question that they’re asking.”

MEANWHILE, former Gold Coast rookie Josh Jaska has confirmed he will play only at St Mary’s in 2019 after knocking back a number offers to do pre-season with VFL teams.

The 20-year-old is looking forward to linking up with up with some former Geelong Falcons teammates and old school friends from St Joseph’s College at Anthony Costa Oval.

“I’m rapt to get here, and I’ve got a lot of mates here, so I can’t wait to get back to enjoying my footy,” he said.

However, Jaska will make a delayed start to pre-season training after undergoing a second bout of wrist surgery last week.

“I tore the ligament through my wrist – it’s sort of like doing the ACL through my wrist,” he said.

“I’ve been in this (splint) for about 14 weeks, and I ended up getting surgery again last week to get the screw out.

“It’s all on track. I should be back training fully post-Christmas.”

Twitter: @tom_king79

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