Neagle steps back from coaching gig

Jay Neagle has relinquished the senior coaching role at Traralgon-Tyers United.

The former AFL player will remain at the Bombers and take up a junior mentoring role to help transition thirds players into the senior ranks.

Chairman of selectors Nick Turnbull took the reins following the Queen’s Birthday long weekend general bye.

Acting club president Col Scammell said Neagle would still occupy an important role at TTU.

“He’s taken on a mentor role in the club (where) he’s going to look after all our juniors, our boys from the thirds playing in the seniors now,” Scammell said.

“Most of our (players) are kids who come through under 18s. We need someone to look after them. As they get over 18, they need to go into the seniors and we need someone to do that role, and that’s what Jay is doing now.

“We’ve been really happy with what (Neagle’s) done. He’s definitely brought a lot of new ideas to the club, that’s been one of the most important things.”

Neagle signed on as playing-coach at TTU ahead of the 2015 North Gippsland Football Netball League season.

The former Essendon player led the side to a fourth place finish on the competition ladder last season before being knocked out by Churchill in the elimination final.

He has excelled on the field this season and leads TTU’s goal kicking with 25 majors to date.