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Cats lock in Rock

Lara has confirmed coach Shayne Stone will take charge of the Cats in 2022. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SHAYNE Stone has been backed to continue rebuilding Lara following an adjustment to his contract with the club that will see him in charge at Bisinella Oval next year.

Cats president Chris Spence has confirmed the two-year deal covering 2020-21 will now cover 2021-22 for the experienced Stone.

“When Rock (Stone) originally signed his contract, it was for a two-year period,” Spence said.

“And that was to give him the opportunity to invest in the players and put the development plans in place he felt were needed for the club.

“We felt it was a fair outcome to say that 2020 affected his ability to do that, so it was a mutual agreement that we would restart the contract this year.”

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Spence says the contract provides certainty for both Lara and Stone, who has previously coached Thomson and Inverleigh, had a stint on the coaching staff at VFL club Werribee.

“Which we felt was important, and I know he was looking for that reassurance that he could do the things he needed to do without having to worry about short-term outcomes,” Spence said.

“We know we’ve got a long haul in front of us; we know where we’re coming from.

“But we have adopted an approach, which is to develop our juniors as well as we possibly can to improve the fortunes of the club in a sustainable fashion.

“Certainly Rock’s view on that, and the club’s view on that – through me and the committee – are aligned.

“You can expect to see us putting a lot of emphasis on junior development as a way of improving the club in a sustainable way.”

Lara, which holds a 2-4 win-loss record, is due to meet reigning premier St Mary’s when the GFL season resumes.

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