UPPER Murray league club Corryong has signed Andrew Reid as playing coach.
He replaced favourite son Evan Nicholas who coached the Demons outright since 2009 and was co-coach with Justin McKenzie this season.
Reid, 29, has coached Howlong reserves for two seasons.
The Howlong junior led his home club to its first reserves flag this season with boom forward Darren Bradshaw booting nine goals in the decider — he was eligible to play after an injury-ravaged season.
Reid has signed Spider teammates Aaron Barnes and brothers Adam and David Hansen to join him at the Demons.
Barnes won back-to-back league goal-kicking titles in 2009-10. Hansen was an Azzi medallist in 2006.
Reid said he had jumped at the chance of a senior coaching position after Nicholas stepped down, believing the club needed a new face and fresh ideas.
“I have been at Howlong my whole career and I wanted to get away from coaching my mates in the reserves and get into a senior position,” Reid said.
“Corryong has got a good young group and just needed some experienced players to help develop the list.
“The club was looking for some older guys and a new voice after Evan had coached for four years.
“Evan is the stand-out player in the league and won the league medal this season.
“He can become an even better player without the burden of coaching.
“Our aim is to finish top-two.
“Bullioh has raised the standard of the league in the past four or five years and we have to aspire to that.
“The league has been in the paper for all the wrong reasons but I think the standard has been rising and our quality recruits will only add to that.”
Corryong snapped a 30-match losing streak this season when it broke through for a win against Border-Walwa in round five.
The Demons went on to win four more matches and make finals for the first time since 2008. It lost the first semi- final to runner-up Cudgewa by 61 points.
McKenzie is the only confirmed departure, with work commitments in Melbourne.
The Demons recently held their annual meeting.
David Colbert replaced Andrew Whitehead as president.
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