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Lamont to lend a hand at Port

Former Werribee coach John Lamont. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

PORTARLINGTON has engaged former Werribee VFL coach John Lamont in consultant style role for the remainder of the BFL season.

The Demons approached Lamont, who spent five years in charge of the Tigers, to be involved following Jesse Smith’s decision not to see out the season after he and the club decided not to take up the option of Smith coaching in 2020.

Lamont, who also spent time on North Melbourne’s coaching staff before joining Werribee, and coached the Eastern Ranges in the NAB League (TAC Cup), is no stranger to Portarlington and interim coach Jamie Morgan.

“I’ve had an ongoing relationship with the club over the last few years. I’ve had a holiday house since 2010, so I’ve been down there at various times during the years,” he told krockfootball.com.au.

“And Jamie Morgan, I’ve got to know, and I’ve provided a little bit of support to him over the years.

“I got home to Portarlington last Thursday and was in touch with Jamie. I’d heard that Jesse had moved on, and he was looking for a bit of support, a few ideas.

“So I went down and had a bit of a look at the Anglesea game, then just followed up with him, gave him a few notes and thoughts.

“(President) Linda Shaw made contact, and we formalised for me to join the team.”

Lamont’s brief is to help guide the football department through the final seven rounds of the season.

“I’m not going to be coming in over the top as the coach or anything like that,” he said.

“I’ll be very much in the background supporting, guiding, asking questions, challenging concepts, introducing other concepts, working through things with the footy department.

“I’ll connect with the junior coaches and see what challenges they’ve got, and then provide some information back to the board some thoughts and ideas on the way forward.”

While the senior win-loss record isn’t ideal, Lamont says Portarlington has plenty going for it.

“They’ve got a lot of good things in place already, I think, for the off-field,” he said.

“I’ve got a little bit of time available, and I’ve got relevant experience for Port footy club.

“I just got back from living abroad for nine months, and the stars have aligned, and I can roll the sleeves up and help, and I’m really looking forward to it.”

Lamont is looking forward to working with Morgan, who at age 26 is one of the youngest senior coaches in recent memory in the BFL.

“All the mistakes I made as a young coach, hopefully, I can alleviate and assist Jamie to be not be making the mistakes you make as a young coach,” Lamont said.

“And, by association, I’ll be looking at Adam Kiss who is looking after the reserves team, and how he’s going about it.

“And the junior coaches, and the footy manager – how’s he going about it?

“It’s right across the footy department, and at the end of it all, I’ll provide some information back to Linda Shaw and the executive; give them some thoughts and ideas, and I’ll continue to be a resource there for as long as they need and as long as I’m available.”

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