Lithgow Workies forwards Corey Willmott and Greg Behan will be stepping up to the plate as the newly appointed coaches of the club's Group 10 premier league outfit in 2020.
Both agreed it was an honour and a privilege to be selected as to mentor the proud club, and take on the challenge of continuing Lithgow's rich history after a resurgent finals appearance in 2019.
While it will be Willmott's first time coaching a senior team, Behan brings some experience with him.
"I captain-coached (Bathurst) St Pat's first grade in 2017, it was a good learning experience with a good bunch of boys and with the knowledge that I gained and the experiences that I had with that club, I think will help us out," he said.
Behan said he was confident that he and Willmott could work together to get good results.
"I think we both have the same vision of where we want to go and how we want to get there, we are both meathead forwards so we know how to get the job done, and I think we will compliment each other," he said.
"Me and Greg will work well together, I know what footy suits the Workies best and Greg will be able to put a different edge on that," Willmott agreed.
"I think it's more the pressure you give yourself, there's no one in any competition of any sport that wants to go into it and not do well, so we've got the foundations in this team to do well, so I think the pressure is just another indication that we care," Behan added.
That's something Willmott agreed with, but said it's helpful to know he and Behan have the support of the playing group already as well as outgoing coach Graeme Osborne.
He went on to say he and Behan aren't just eyeing a return to the finals, they want a top three spot and with a second chance come September.
"Then (we want to) go on to win the comp," he said.
"I think that our goal is for a home major semi-final and I definitely believe we've got the side to do it and hopefully put it all together," Behan added.
Willmott started playing for the Workies Wolves in the under 18s in 2006 before he played on and off for first grade in 2007 and become a regular fixture in 2008. He has continued with the side ever since.
Behan, on the other hand only joined the Workies halfway through the 2018 season, helping lead the side to a finals berth after an ordinary opening to the season looked to have ruled them out.
"I started grade football in 2007 and have come through the ranks, I've played with Oberon, Bathurst Panthers and (St) Pat's, so I've had a bit of a journey," he said.
"I've played with Group 10 and Western Division, and along the way I've been taught by a lot of good coaches in Dave Elvy and Kurt Hancock so the experience I've got along the way will help out next season.
"I've always been interested in doing it and to be able to do it with a good club and with a good person in [Willmott], I think we've got the winning combination."
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