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New deal for Donohue

Inverleigh coach Adam Donohue has signed a two-year contract extension. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

INVERLEIGH coach Adam Donohue has been rewarded for his team’s unbeaten start to the season with a two-year contract extension.

In his third season with the Hawks, Donohue confirmed he had put pen to paper on a deal that will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2023.

“It was a bit surprising … I knew they were happy with how I was going, and I was happy with the club,” he said.

“When we sat down, I thought it was going to be a standard one-year extension. But, this is the path they wanted to go down, which is a two-year deal.

“It gives the club a certain direction; it gives the players direction – it was a good thing all round.

“I’m extremely happy to be part of the club for an extra two years.”

Since Donohue, who has a share of the lead on the GDFL goalkicking table with 31 majors, took on the role in late 2018, the Hawks have a 21-6 win-loss record.

They won the elimination final in 2019 before being beaten after the siren by Werribee Centrals in the first semi-final.

They will again play finals this year, with the goal for Donohue to land the club its first flag since 1992 during his tenure.

“Having a two-year extension, we’re hoping a few players follow that lead; we’ve had four already that we’ve contacted,” he said.

“It makes it easier with recruiting as well, knowing that you’ve got a coach for two more years.

“If you’re attracting players to your club, they know the direction that we’re going with me being in charge.

“And with the new facilities coming in, it’s all pretty exciting.”

Inverleigh, which has an average winning margin of 82 points in 2021, was set for its biggest test this weekend.

The Hawks were due to travel across to archrival Bannockburn on Saturday night before Victoria’s seven-day lockdown forced the round’s postponement.

“I think a lot of people were waiting for this game, and we would have had a massive crowd there as well,” he said.

“We said Tuesday night with the way things are going, we weren’t going to play.

“Hopefully, we do get that chance in the short-term provided things quieten down, which we all hope happens.”

The GDFL is considering shifting this weekend’s Round 8 matches to Queen’s Birthday weekend, which was fixtured as a whole league bye.

Donohue says the Hawks’ depth would be tested if they were to play.

“We’ve got about eight players that have planned holidays that I know of already.

“It is going to be a bit of an ask if they do that (reschedule), but I’m pretty sure most clubs will be in the same boat.”

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