DROUIN has been left without a senior coach days out from the start of pre-season after Clint Proctor accepted a position as development officer for AFL Tasmania.
The ex-VFL player and Drouin native was named Hawks’ coach in September but informed the club he was pulling the pin last Sunday.
Proctor will act as player-coach at Burnie in the Tasmanian State League next season in addition to his AFL Tasmania role, beginning 19 November.
Drouin released a statement on Monday congratulating Proctor on the appointment, and expressed disappointment at his departure.
“This AFL Tasmania-type position has been a career move coveted by Clinton for some time, although the timing for the DFC makes this somewhat difficult to manage with official pre-season training to commence on November 19,” the statement read.
“Over the next few days, there will be considerable discussion within committee, with players, prospective coaching candidates etc. to resolve this matter efficiently and effectively.
“A decision on the coaching position will be made at the earliest convenience.”
The club named about 10 new recruits under Proctor’s watch, including former Hawks captain Damien Carmody, ex SANFL man Cam Hall and Buln Buln pair Bobby McCallum and Sean Proctor.