North Wagga sign Chad and Kirk Hamblin as co and assistant coach

Chad and Kirk Hamblin enjoy their first training run with North Wagga on Thursday night. The brothers will co-coach and assistant coach the Saints for 2015. Picture: Michael FrogleyFarrer League
Nanjing Night Net

RESURGENT Farrer League club North Wagga hopes two brothers hold the key to premiership success.

The Saints have secured the services of Chad and Kirk Hamblin for the 2015 season.

Chad, 28, has signed on to co-coach the club alongside Nathan Dowdle, while younger brother Kirk will act as assistant coach.

Both siblings boast impressive football resumes.

Chad won three senior premierships at Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong, before switching to Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka where he won three more in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2010 he won CAK’s best and fairest medal and was named best on ground in the Farrer League grand final.

Chad Hamblin playing for CAK in 2010, when he won the club’s best and fairest medal.

Chad then travelled north for work, and returned home two years ago to coach Hume League club Culcairn.

Kirk, 25, won four flags with GGGM before jumping ship to Culcairn to play under his brother for the past two seasons.

North Wagga co-coach Dowdle played with Chad at CAK and pointed the Saints in the direction of the two brothers.

“Dowds contacted me about six weeks ago and I had to put it on the back burner until I made up my mind,” Chad explained.

“North Wagga has a young playing group with a lot of potential, they just probably need that little bit of experience on top.

“Hopefully Kirk and I can provide that.”

Chad will become the playing coach at the club after confirmation Dowdle has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and is facing the prospect of spending an entire season on the sideline.

While Dowdle’s immediate playing future is in doubt, he says he is looking forward to working alongside Chad and Kirk.

“Chad and I can work well together and bounce ideas off each other,” Dowdle said.

“Both those boys have been around very successful football clubs and know what it takes to win premierships.

“And the best thing is they are really nice people, and a really nice family which we are bringing to our club.”

Dowdle revealed the Hamblin signings could be just the start of a big off-season recruitment drive for the Saints.

Kirk Hamblin playing for GGGM in 2012.

He confirmed the club is “chasing some more guys” as it fights to become a Farrer League power.

North Wagga president Greg Fox was rapt to announce the arrival of Chad and Kirk.

“We knew we were probably short one or two experienced players,” Fox said.

“We’ve been chasing a couple of experienced players for a couple of years now, but you need a bit of winning form behind you to attract guys to the club.”

With North Wagga’s season over, the Saints will begin preparing to kick off pre-season later this year.

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