CHAMPION Albury midfielder Chris Hyde will co-coach the Tigers next season.
Only five days after Danny Stevens shocked the Ovens and Murray by standing down from the role due to work commitments, the league heavyweight has moved swiftly to promote the former Richmond player to share the top job with Daniel Maher.
It is believed to be the first time a club has appointed two playing coaches.
Hyde, 30, said he was excited to be given the opportunity to coach Albury after joining the Tigers from the AFL four years ago.
“It happened very quickly, probably in the last two days,” Hyde said.
“I hadn’t honestly thought about it before that but the opportunity came up and I considered it as quickly as I could for the club’s sake as we want to keep our list together.
“It’s been quick but I’m rapt.”
Albury is confident it has the right person within the club to run its bench on match days with club stalwarts Tim Scott, Tom McGrath and Stuart Hodgson obvious candidates.
Hyde said he was looking forward to working with his fellow left-footer.
“You don’t see two playing coaches too often in footy these days but we have a structure we know that works and the club is more than comfortable with it,” he said.
“I wouldn’t have taken on the job if I didn’t think it would work.
“We have talked about it and are fortunate to have a lot of good football people at Albury.
“Mahery is a quality coach and player.”
Although Hyde had been linked to Murray league club Cobram where his brother Matt plays, the Tiger star said he was never going to leave Albury.
The Tigers are confident of keeping their list together with All Australian Josh Maher this week committing to the club for another season.
Forward Justin Carey is the only confirmed departure after signing with Shepparton United.
Club president Gavan Schultz said Hyde and Maher would complement each other.
“We are lucky to have someone of Chris Hyde’s calibre on our doorstep,” he said.
“He will be outstanding with Daniel Maher.
“We can now start working hard on our list and preparing for next season.”
Daniel Maher and Chris Hyde will lead the Tigers next season. Picture: BEN EYLES
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