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Lang heads home to lead Tigers

Darcy Lang has been appointed co-coach of Colac. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DARCY Lang will call Colac home full-time in 2022 after being appointed co-coach of the GFL club.

The former Geelong and Carlton player will share the role with Rowan McSparron, who says the Tigers had been talking to Lang for “maybe a month”.

“Just general conversations, and that’s probably ramped up over the last 2-3 weeks,” he said.

“He’s really keen to dip his toes in the water with the coaching, and what better place to do it than your own club.”

Lang, who turned 26 yesterday, spent this year with the Cats’ VFL team after being delisted by the Blues at the end of the 2020 season.

It brought a close to his AFL career after 64 games and 43 goals in seven seasons at the highest level after being drafted by Geelong with its first pick in the 2013 National Draft.

“I hope he passes on some of that knowledge that he learnt playing at a higher level,” McSparron said.

“We’ve got a really talented group of kids from 17-18 up to 22-23.

“If he can help in that area and speed up their progress in development, it’s only going to help us as a footy club.”

Lang played nine games and kicked eight goals for the Cats this year, including five against Essendon.

He made three appearances for Colac, which included a five-goal haul against Bell Park in Round 2.

“We were lucky enough to get him a couple of times last season, and we could see the quality,” McSparron said.

“We’re happy to have him full-time.”

Colac will be one of the last GFL clubs to commence pre-season training when it starts on Wednesday night.

“I don’t think we’ll be too strenuous pre-Christmas,” McSparron said.

“We’ll just let the boys get back together and enjoy each others company and kick the footy around for a bit.

“We’ll ramp it up post-Christmas.”

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