It was time for a new challenge, I guess … It was pretty difficult to leave Yarra, considering the period we’ve had over the past six or seven years but I guess everything has an end date.
JEREMY O’Brien’s glittering Ovens and Murray career is over, with the Yarrawonga star to coach Tungamah next year.
The classy ballwinner admitted he found it difficult to leave J.C. Lowe Oval after being unveiled as the Bears’ new coach yesterday.
O’Brien, 32, notched up his 200th OandM senior game this year after playing the first 76 at Wangaratta Rovers.
“It was time for a new challenge, I guess,” he said.
“Coaching is something I’ve aspired to do for the last few years.
“It was pretty difficult to leave Yarra, considering the period we’ve had over the past six or seven years, but I guess everything has an end date.
“I’ll always cherish those two flags.”
The two-time premiership star replaces Nick Doyle at the Bears’ helm, with Doyle expected to remain as a player.
O’Brien, who played in the Pigeons’ shattering seven-point loss to Albury in the OandM decider, said he was looking forward to taking charge of the Picola heavyweight.
Tungamah was unbeaten this year and lost just once last season before as it captured back-to-back flags for the second time in September.
“I knew a few of the boys out there and it’s obviously close to home,” O’Brien said.
“The timing was right more than anything and I was keen to keep playing footy.
“The club is going for three in a row for the first time, which is exciting, and hopefully we can retain most of our players.”
O’Brien, who has been linked to several coaching jobs in recent years, revealed he was keen to take his coaching career as far as possible.
“This is a great opportunity and I plan on staying for a while, but hopefully I can keep progressing through the ranks,” he said.
“As I said, coaching is something that has interested me for a while and I’ve spoken to clubs for the last few years and maybe I can move onto a higher level at some point.
“But I’m just worried about Tungamah for now.”
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