Dennis steps up to lead Calivil United

NEW Calivil United coach Anthony Dennis is confident the next successful period for the Demons is just around the corner.

APPOINTMENT: Anthony Dennis will coach Calivil United next year, taking over from Andrew Freemantle.

APPOINTMENT: Anthony Dennis will coach Calivil United next year, taking over from Andrew Freemantle.

Dennis has been appointed the new coach of the Demons after Andrew Freemantle stood down following the side’s elimination final hiding to Mitiamo last month.

The Demons improved from three wins in 2014 to eight this year, and Dennis is confident the upwards curve can continue in 2016.

“Looking at the potential and the age group we’ve got, it’s a similar position to where the club was 13 or 14 years ago before their golden era started,” Dennis said on Friday.

“It’s an average age of 21 or 22 and I can see really exciting times ahead. We just need to get a bit more experience in and I’m confident we’ll be on our way again.

“It might not happen next year, but I don’t think we’re that far away.”

Dennis said the Demons would target their off-season recruiting on firstly, securing some big bodies to go through the midfield.

“In country footy you’ve got to be strong over the ball, so we’ll look to get some bigger bodies into our midfield, and at this time of year everyone is looking for a key forward or key back.”

Dennis, 24, is a born and bred Calivil player who returned to the Demons in 2012 following stints with the Bendigo Pioneers (winning the best and fairest in 2010), Bombers and Eaglehawk.

He expects the bulk of this year’s list to remain intact.