Originally written by Spectator-Observer Partnership
HAMILTON’S Darrin Findlay may soon be known as a “former Magpie” after a shift in employment will lead him to Ballarat.
Findlay, who stepped down from Hamilton’s senior coaching position at the end of the 2002 season after three years in the job, has accepted a transfer to the National Bank in Ballarat.
As a result, he looks likely to cut his ties with Hamilton Football Club, a blow to the Pies considering they were hoping to hang on to Findlay as a player for 2003.
His absence isn’t definite, but Findlay’s attention has certainly turned to the north with employment taking precedence.
Having been a manager at the Hamilton branch, Findlay will move in to a similar position at Ballarat “but with a bit more business”.
As a result his focus on and off with the field will change.
“We will be moving in about six weeks so their will be a few decisions to be made,” Findlay said. “I will definitely be attempting to play football with someone next season, it is just a matter of weighing up my options.
“(My wife) Nikki and I have discussed the possibility of coming back to Hamilton and there are opportunities at other clubs in the district.
“I have also already been approached by several Ballarat clubs, but I probably won’t make a decision until mid-January.”
One thing that is a surety is that Findlay will not be at the helm of a football club next season.
Despite a burning desire to again lead a club on to the football field, Findlay said it was not a consideration in 2003.
“I am not interested in coaching next season. I want to get my feet on the ground first.
“I just want to get used to the job before I consider taking on a senior role.”
After four years in Hamilton, having spent half of the 1999 season with Imperials before taking on the Hamilton senior coaching role in 2000, Findlay will be sorely missed but he was quick to note that people shouldn’t start saying their goodbyes just yet.
“I haven’t dismissed the possibility of playing with Hamilton again, but it could be difficult with work.
“If an opening presented itself in Ballarat I would certainly have to consider it, but they are decisions I will make down the track.”
- MICHAEL HOWARD