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Werribee turns to Williams

Mark Williams has been appointed coach of VFL club Werribee. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

VFL club Werribee has landed a massive coup in signing Port Adelaide premiership mentor Mark Williams as coach for the next three years.

Williams, who spent 12 seasons in charge of the Power and also had assistant coaching roles at Essendon and Richmond, replaces John Lamont, who stepped down after five years at the end of the year.

“The truth is I love coaching, and with Werribee taking such a professional approach by inviting me down and showing me what I can only describe as a top-class training facility and oval, I thought this is as good as it gets,” Williams said.

 “I’ve seen how terrifically Williamstown and Port Melbourne have done as standalone clubs, and I thought this was a great opportunity with Werribee being the only standalone team in the outer western suburbs.

 “For any kid who misses the draft I’m really looking forward to trying to help them to get into the AFL, and I encourage them to come down to Werribee and show us what they can do.”

Since departing Richmond at the end of 2016, Williams has coached Ajax in the VAFA as part a role with Jewish sporting body Maccabi Victoria.

He says he is looking forward to joining the VFL, a competition he has historical links to.

“My father-in-law [Johnny Martin] actually won a Liston Trophy at Williamstown, so I’ve been following the VFA/VFL forever,” Williams, who captained Collingwood and was vice-captain of Brisbane, said.

 “The idea of the community-based club is terrific, so it’s great to get this opportunity. I know a lot of local supporters will get behind the club, and I’d love to meet them and would encourage them to get out, buy a membership, and support us as much as they can.”

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