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Davenport takes NAB League role

Jason Davenport during his coaching stint at North Shore. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

JASON Davenport says he’s “humbled” after winning the combined role as coach of the Oakleigh Chargers and Vic Metro girls and boys teams for 2021.

The North Shore star was confirmed in the position on Monday afternoon.

Davenport, who won a VFL premiership and best-and-fairest with Geelong, and played 28 AFL matches with Port Adelaide, was most recently a development coach with Carlton for two seasons before being stood down due to COVID-19.

“With COVID happening, and my role being impacted directly by that, it was more about being patient and seeing what presented itself,” he said.

“If anything, the window of time allowed me to find an opportunity to make sure this is what I was stimulated by and passionate about.

“And there was no denying when this role presented itself it was something I genuinely got excited about; you almost need to restrain yourself.

The current market would suggest there’s a lot of quality candidates available.

“So I’m really humbled by the fact I’m successful in getting the role, and it’s something I’m definitely not going to take it for granted.”

Davenport, who coached the Seagulls for four seasons between 2014-17, says he started preparing himself for opportunities in football in the last month.

“That wasn’t about necessarily committing to something or pursuing aggressively,” he said.

“It was more around making sure that I was having conversations that were appropriate about potential roles, and exploring what would be best for both parties.

“And the Oakleigh job and the Vic Metro presented itself, and it was something that really excited me, based on a number of different reasons.

“The fact that it’s come about and now we’ve made it official, I can’t wait to get stuck into it.”

Davenport had been appointed assistant coach of North Shore for 2021 and is overseeing the pre-Christmas block of pre-season training as the hunt for a replacement for Mark McDowell continues.

He now won’t continue in that role but is open to working with the new coach when time allows.

“It really opens up an opportunity with this role to mentor the head coach that comes into the role, which is something I don’t take for granted,” Davenport said.

“Having been around the place for a couple of pre-season sessions, I get great energy from being there, and I’m genuinely passionate about the footy club.

It’s not something I’m going to drop and wipe my hands clean of.

“I’m going to be heavily involved where I can be in the future.”

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