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Standing down but sticking around

Winchelsea coach Brendan Forssman will step down at the end of the season. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

BRENDAN Forssman won’t be lost to Winchelsea despite deciding to step down as the club’s senior coach.

The highly-regarded Forssman, who has been in the role since late 2016, confirmed to krockfootball.com.au he wouldn’t seek reappointment at the Blues in 2022.

“It’s a matter of a change of voice, and maybe a change of direction, too, for the playing group,” he said.

“I’m stepping aside as senior coach, but I still hope to be pretty heavily involved in some other position.

“We’re still to determine what that is, depending on who the new coach and what he wants.

“But, I’ll still be involved in helping the club out.”

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Forssman took charge of Winchelsea after the previous two seasons under Luke Rayner yielded just six wins.

In 2017, the Blues improved to six wins and a draw. They appeared finals-bound in 2018 after making an 8-1 start to the season.

However, injuries in the second half of the season saw them miss the finals by percentage.

In 2019, they hell half-a-game short of a top-five finish after suffering three consecutive losses to end the home-and-away season.

While injuries to key players have Winchelsea with just one win in the opening nine rounds of this year.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t reached that finals opportunity we were hoping for,” Forssman said. “I still think it’s not far off.

“We’ve decimated by injuries this year, but if we can keep our current list and keep topping up with a couple more players next year, I think you’re only ever a few good players from really challenging the top teams again.”

Despite not returning to finals action, Winchelsea president Daniel Greskie says Forssman proved to be an important appointment.

“Brendan was able to recruit young players to us,” Greskie said.

“Without having juniors, it was important that we got some young blood in that would stick around for five or six years and make it their home club.

“We’re in great shape with the age demographic of our list.”

Greskie is keen for Forssman to be part of the hunt for his replacement.

“The more eyes and ears you have around local footy always helps; Brendan has a lot of contacts,” Greskie said.

“He’ll definitely be involved with finding our replacement.”

Winchelsea will be chasing its second win of the season when it hosts Anakie at Eastern Reserve on Saturday.

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