New deal for Lamont

Updated: July 31, 2015
Werribee coach John Lamont  Picture: ARJ GIESE
Werribee has signed coach John Lamont to a new two-year deal. Picture: ARJ GIESE

Werribee has signed coach John Lamont to a new two-year deal. Picture: ARJ GIESE

JOHN Lamont is poised to become the third longest serving coach in Werribee’s history after signing a two-year contract extension with the Tigers.

The club has announced they’ve locked away Lamont, a member of their sole VFL premiership team back in 1993, until the end of 2017.

That will be Lamont’s fourth season in charge at Avalon Airport Oval, leaving him behind Donald McDonald, the Tigers sole premiership coach, and Simon Atkins for longevity.

McDonald led Werribee for seven seasons from 1993 and Atkins was in charge for six years between 2005-2010.

Lamont was contracted until the end of this year and Werribee CEO Mark Penaluna is delighted to have secured Lamont’s services for another two seasons

“After being finalists in 2014 we are hopefully heading there again this year. John’s enthusiasm and desire for the success of the club is something that is respected and admired by everyone,” Penaluna.


Lamont returned to Werribee last year and took the Tigers to a semi-final appearance.

With a month to go in the 2015 regular season, Werribee sits in eighth spot on the ladder two games clear of their nearest challenger Port Melbourne.

Lamont is delighted to have the support of the club in extending his stay at the Tigers, who will become North Melbourne’s full alignment partner in 2016.

He’s won 19 of his 34 matches in charge at the club since taking over as coach from Scott West.

“It is a very important part of my history and my future,” Lamont said.

“I thank (president) John Nicol and the board and Mark Penaluna for their continued support in my vision for the club.

“We have a lot of challenges in front of us but I feel we are building the platform for continued success. I certainly wanted to be part of that over the next few years.

“Right now though my focus, and that of the coaches and players, is making finals this year.”

Werribee travels to Cranbourne on Sunday for a crucial clash against the seventh-placed Casey Scorpions.

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