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Nicol to lead Coutas

Rory Nicol has signed as coach of Queenscliff. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

QUEENSCLIFF has turned to respected former Newcomb mentor Rory Nicol to fill its vacant coaching position.

The Coutas have confirmed the appointment of Nicol, who spent five years with the Power before stepping down in the middle of 2020 following the cancellation of the BFL season, as the replacement for club great Steve Clark.

Nicol, who has signed a two-year deal, says he’s looking forward to the chance to develop the young Queenscliff list further.

“In having conversations with the club, their values are aligned with mine, and how they want the playing list’s values to look like,” he said.

“The average age is 22.5. They’ve got some bright young talent coming through their Colts and a couple of guys in the Falcons system.

“It seems like they want to embark on a journey that’s going to bring them some success over the next couple of years, and I’m excited by the prospect of helping them get there.”

Nicol took over Newcomb at one of the lowest points in its history at the end of 2015 and is widely admired for playing a key role in overseeing a cultural change during his almost five years at Grinter Reserve.

He says leading Queenscliff will be a different challenge to the Power.

“The foundation’s already laid, the culture of the footy club sounds pretty good, so it’s more about developing footballers and the opportunity purely coach,” Nicol said.

“There seems like a lot of support, so they want me to purely come in and coach their football team.

“That’s a different challenge for me and opportunity, so that’s what drew me to the job.”

Nicol admits he never saw himself coaching against the Power.

“I spoke to (former president) Damian Mahoney and (current president) Matt Farrow, and they were 100 per cent supportive of doing what we best for me,” he said.

“Out of respect, I told them. I rest easy knowing what Damian asked me to do six years ago that I went out there and did that for him.

Working through the Queenscliff playing list and identifying recruits will be Nicol’s priority.

“Jimmy (football manager James Gladman) and I will probably sit down today (Tuesday), and we’ll go through the list and start contracting players and getting them to commit for the season,” he said.

“I know there’s a couple of new players that have moved into town that we need to make contact with.

“So, there’s a bit of work to be done.”

Nicol’s appointment leaves Bannockburn as the only club in region without a coach for 2022.

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