Edgeworth Eagles coach Damian Zane unsure about a fourth year at the helm

Edgeworth Eagles coach Damian Zane unsure about a fourth year at the helm

THREE-time defending Northern NSW NPL premiers Edgeworth may lose head coach Damian Zane, who is weighing up his future.
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UNCERTAIN: Edgeworth coach Damian Zane is unsure whether he will continue in the job next year.

In responding to rumours that he had quit the club, Zane told the Herald: “I’m not sure I have the energy needed to motivate the boys again.

“We are still in very good shape. We have lost depth but will be up there again.

“I just don’t know if I want to do it because it’s a massive job and I need a break.”

Leading Eagles administrator Warren Mills was confident Zane would be back at the helm for 2018 and “just needed a week or two off”.

Mills said Gary Wilson, who was at the helm before Zane, had returned as an assistant and would oversee the three-week training block in December “if it comes to that”.

Edgeworth have lost defender Ayden Brice to Victorian NPL club Melbourne Knights and attacking midfielder Keanu Moore is expected to also play in that competition next year.Mills saidthe club was working with imports Kieran Sanders and Keigo Moriyasu about staying on next year but the rest of the squad had been re-signed.

Zane made a stunning start to his senior coaching career, steering Edgeworth to three consecutive premierships and grand finals after taking over in 2015.The Eagles won the first two deciders but lost this year to Lambton Jaffas 2-0 in extra-time.

Zane, a long-time player at the Eagles,was coaching Edgeworth youth grades before stepping up to first grade.He has been named NNSW NPL coach of the year for the past three seasons and has also served as the Eagles technical director.

Under Zane, Edgeworth havebroken new ground for NNSW in the FFA Cup and NPL play-offs.

In 2016, they were the first NNSW club to progress past the round of 32 in the FFA Cup when they defeated Far North Queensland Heat 3-0. They then lost 5-1 to A-League club Western Sydney.

In theNPL, they were the first NNSW side to win a national play-off game when they shocked Victorian champions Bentleigh Greens on the road 3-1.They then beat Perth 1-0 away to make the grand final against Sydney United 58, who won 4-1.

This year, the Eagles thumped Canberra Olympic 4-1 away to again progress to the NPL semi-finals, where they went down 2-0 to Brisbane Strikers at home.