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Barlow to lead Bees

Michael Barlow in action for Werribee. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

WERRIBEE has turned to former star midfielder Michael Barlow to fill its vacant coaching position.

The Tigers were forced into a mad scramble for a replacement after Mark Williams accepted a role at AFL club Melbourne.

The appointment of Barlow, who bookended his 141-game AFL career at Chirnside Park, was confirmed by Werribee on Monday.

Barlow was due to coach Yarraville-Seddon in the Western Region league in 2021 after announcing his playing retirement when the 2020 VFL season was cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19.

“Firstly, let me thank Yarraville for appointing me and now allowing me to take up this irresistible position at Avalon Airport Oval. I plan to still be involved with the Eagles, helping out where I can,” Barlow said.
“Obviously this wasn’t planned, but what a golden opportunity. I am excited with what I have inherited from ‘Choco’ and what I have learnt from him as well.
“I can’t wait for the players to come back so we can build on the foundation the club has laid in recent seasons.”

President Martin Carter said Barlow was the ideal replacement for Williams.

“From the day Mick walked in, there has been a bond between him and the club that makes this an obvious progression and a very easy appointment to make,” Carter said.
“That is not to say there were not many interested in this role – there were.
“Michael Barlow epitomises our values and spirit and will deliver our blueprint for the future.
“Make no mistake, Mick was an integral part of the Mark Williams team and as natural a successor as you will ever see.”

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