Ex-AFL player at helm of Bridgewater
LODDON Valley Football League power Bridgewater has landed a recruiting coup with the signing of Andrew Collins as coach.
Collins has spent the past seven seasons in the AFL system, playing 36 games - 25 for Richmond and 11 for Carlton.
The 24-year-old was delisted from the Blues at the end of the 2013 season, but is excited by the challenge of coaching Bridgewater, which has won the past four LVFL flags.
"I've got a close family connection with Bridgewater, my brother (Alex) plays there and I have a lot of close friends, and being injured a bit this year I got to watch a bit of them and they were good to watch, so they're the main things that attracted me," Collins said on Friday.
"Going to Bridgewater is all about enjoying my football again.
"I've had a couple of tough years at Carlton injury-wise and I just want to come back and enjoy my football.
"I'm looking forward to working with the young kids and trying to teach them a few things.
"I've always liked the idea of coaching."
Collins takes over from dual Bridgewater premiership coach Zac East.