Grg grabs chance with both hands

Updated: November 17, 2015
Picture: ARJ GIESE
Picture: ARJ GIESE

Picture: ARJ GIESE

NEWLY-appointed Geelong VFL assistant coach Brent Grgic admits he never thought he’d return to Simonds Stadium in a coaching role after being delisted at the end of 2003.

After 77 games at Melbourne, Grgic played 13 game in two unremarkable seasons at the Cattery, save for being part of the famous 2002 VFL premiership.

“I’ve probably changed a lot since then,” he told K-ROCK

“(I’ve) definitely matured a lot and grown up a lot. It was obviously a long time ago as well.

“A lot of things change in life and I’m just pretty grateful to get another crack at it.”

Since being given his marching orders by Mark Thompson, Grgic has made a name for himself as an outstanding local coach.

He has guided Bell Post Hill to five GDFL premierships in six seasons, compiling a 112-11 win-loss record.

However, despite his success, the 36-year-old feels uncomfortable joining a staff that features the likes of Mark Hovey and Glen Wallace.

“Those guys have done the hard yards and really stuck at it,” Grgic, who will work with the Cats’ key defenders and also act as a match-day runner, said.

“I feel a little bit lucky, compared to those guys.

“They’ve done it at higher leagues, and for a long period of time.

“They’re really deserving of their spot. I just feel a little bit out of place, but I’ll give it my best shot.”

Grgic, who runs his own business, says the opportunity at Geelong has opened his mind to pursuing coaching as a career.

“I’ve just got to put my head down when I’m there and do what’s asked of me, and try and learn as much as I can, as quickly as I can, and get as much as I can out of it,” he said.

“It’s a huge opportunity. I’ve got to grab it with both hands.”

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