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Keras coup for Roos

St Joseph’s star Jordan Keras celebrates a goal in the seven-point win over Bell Park. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

LOCAL football’s worst-kept secret has been revealed with confirmation star St Joseph’s midfielder Jordan Keras will join Anglesea as co-coach in 2022.

This year’s Mathieson Medal runner-up has signed a three-year deal with the Roos.

He’ll share the role with incumbent mentor Paul Nigro in 2022 as part of a transition season.

“Paul will play a mentor role for me in 2022, and in 2023-24, I haven’t decided what I’ll do it,” the 27-year-old said.

“I’ll no doubt be looking for another co-coach or someone who can move the magnets on the bench.

“For next year, Paul’s going to help me through a few things off the field, which will be great. And I’ll be driving a lot of the on-field stuff from there.”

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With his family ties, it’s no surprise Keras has ended up at Ellimatta Reserve.

He’s married to Bethany, the sister of Anglesea’s most famous product Patrick Dangerfield, and with five-month-old daughter Daisy, they live at Moggs Creek.

“Living down the (Surf) Coast, my house at Moggs will be finished in next 3-4 months; that side of things is going to be easier,” Keras said.

“But, I’d like to have the challenge of being a coach – I’ve always wanted to do it.

“Being an assistant playing coach at Joeys, I probably wasn’t the assistant coach that I would have liked to be.

“For the next three years, I’m hoping that I can bring something different to footy club and see where we get to from there.”

Keras brings a breadth of experience with him to Anglesea.

A South Barwon junior, he played with Geelong Falcons before VFL stints at Werribee and Footscray between 2015 and 2015.

During that time, Keras aligned to GFL club St Joseph’s, and he was a key part of Joeys snapping a 26-year premiership drought.

Physiotherapy studies took him to the Gold Coast, where he linked up with then-NEAFL club Southport, winning the competition’s MVP award and earning a place in the Team of the Year in 2018.

Keras returned to the region in 2018 and played VFL with Geelong that year.

He polled 17 votes in this year’s Mathieson Medal at an average of 1.5 votes per game, finishing nine behind runaway winner Harry Benson from St Mary’s.

Keras will add some impressive firepower to the Anglesea midfield, as it looks to improve on an elimination final defeat this year.

He says since the Roos campaign came to a halt, he’s been looking closely at the club’s list.

“COVID hasn’t helped the older guys that are there, so there will be a few turnover, I would imagine,” Keras said.

“And there’s going to be a fair few new players coming into the club.

“I think it will be a very different Anglesea team next year, but who knows with footy.

“A lot of guys at every club don’t really want to think about footy at this time of year, but I’m still pretty confident that we’ll challenge the competition next year.”

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