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Skrobba to lead Port Melbourne

Adam Skrobalak has been appointed coach of VFL club Port Melbourne. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

TORQUAY and East Geelong premiership coach Adam Skrobalak has been appointed senior coach of VFL club Port Melbourne.

Skrobalak, who recently departed St Kilda after seven seasons with the AFL club, fills the role made vacant by Gary Ayres departure from the club after 13 years in charge.

“I’m truly honoured to be given the opportunity to coach such a proud and strong football club,” Skrobalak said.

“Having been an assistant coach here in 2012 under Gary Ayres, I understand the culture of the club and its loyal supporters.

“We have an opportunity to roll our sleeves up and work as one to get the club back into finals football. I’m looking forward to meeting all the players and staff and setting a vision to take the club forward.

The club provided a great interview process which showed just how serious this great football club is about rebounding quickly and creating a great environment for players to develop and achieve success.”

Skrobalak led Torquay to the 2006 BFL title in the only instance in league history of a team coming from an elimination final to win the flag.

In 2009, he was in charge of East Geelong as it snapped a 16-year premiership drought after narrowly missed out two years prior in a thrilling decider against Belmont Lions.

Skrobalak, who coached Frankston on its return to the VFL in 2017, also guided the GDFL’s interleague campaign the previous year,

“When we kicked off the process to select our new coach, we had strong interest without advertising, and the committee followed a structured process to ensure that we were able to select not only the best candidate for the role but the person who we felt would be best suited to the Port Melbourne Football Club and who could hit the ground running,” CEO Paul Malcolm.

“From the outset, Adam showed a determination to take on the role and was impressed at each stage of the recruitment process.

“I am more than comfortable that Adam will provide a program and game plan that will help ensure that we as a club are successful and competitive into the future”.

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