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Eagles re-sign Boseley

East Geelong coach Ben Boseley has signed a one-year contract extension. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BEN Boseley has welcomed the vote of confidence from the East Geelong hierarchy after extending his coaching deal with the club into 2022.

Boseley, who filled the role vacated by Jeremy Power in mid-2020, has made an impressive start to his tenure at Richmond Crescent.

The Eagles, who ended a five-year finals drought under Power in 2019, sit fifth on the GDFL ladder with a 4-3 win-loss record.

“It’s super encouraging,” Boseley, who experienced premiership success as coach of Colac and District League club Birregurra, said.

“It’s a great endorsement from the committee, and hopefully, they’re seeing the fruit of the work being done over the last 6-7 months.

“It’s just a really exciting place to be at the minute with a young and developing group and with our juniors and our netball.

“It’s just great to be part of the club again next year, and I’m certainly thankful for the support I’m getting from up top.”

Boseley says having certainty around his role allows the club to start planning for next year.

“We’re halfway through the 2021 season, but it’s about now that you really need to start considering the 2022 season,” he said.

“We’ll look at having some conversations with players within the group now and start to look at what’s going to propel us in the future.

It is an important decision, and it was good to get it done nice and quickly so we can start to plan.”

In a sign East Geelong is closing the gap on the GDFL’s upper echelon, its three losses for the season have come by less than 15 points.

It includes a 14-point defeated by Inverleigh in Round 2 and a two-point loss to reigning premier Bannockburn before the season was put on hold.

“We’ve had a few games that we’ve let slip through our fingertips,” Boseley said.

“But, what you’re seeing, hopefully, and what we’re seeing internally at the club, is that we are developing.

“We are an emerging group; we’re a young group. Yes, we’ve got some experience, but we’ve been able to blood some Colts (under-19s).

“We’re looking at doing that again in the second half of the season.”

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