Rosebud Heart Appoint Morrison

Scott Morrison Succeeds Ray Vaughan At Rosebud

Scott Morrison has taken over from Ray Vaughan as head coach of Zagame’s State League 5 South club Rosebud Heart.

Vaughan resigned recently due to increasing work commitments.

“Once I realised I couldn’t give 100 percent to the club I decided to quit,” he said.

“I wish everyone at the club, especially Scott, all the best and I know that he can lead them to State 4.”

Heart president Paul Nott didn’t waste time arranging a replacement and when he phoned Morrison the 28-year-old jumped at the chance to grab the reins.

“It’s was too good an opportunity to turn down,” said Morrison.

“This is a great chance to get into the Saturday coaching side of things. It’s a pretty big club with a lot of potential.”

Morrison has three years’ coaching experience with Rosebud in a non-FFV competition but kept tabs on Rosebud Heart last season, its first in senior FFV ranks, when it was embroiled in a title battle that went down to the wire with Heart losing its final game 1-0 to champion Springvale City and eventually finishing third.

“When I sat down with the committee and talked about our aim for next season it was pretty straightforward – promotion," Morrison said.

“We want to go one better than last season and we want to rise up through the leagues as quickly as we can.

“From what I can see last season the top four teams – Springvale, Harrisfield, Heart and Baxter – dominated the competition and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a similar scenario next season where three or four teams put a gap between them and the rest.

“If that’s the case then the key for us will be to not drop points to teams that we should beat.”

Seven of last season’s first team have committed to the club for 2016 including ace striker Dave Greening who totalled 28 goals and streeted the field in the league’s leading scorer stakes despite missing four games.

“At the moment I’m hoping to get (goalkeeper) Seany Skelly across the line and hopefully if he decides to recommit then a few others will as well,” said Morrison.

“Adam Poole definitely wants to play but doesn’t know where yet as he’s deciding whether or not to have one last crack at a decent level.

“I’ll contact him after Christmas to see if he’s made up his mind.

“And ‘Sodda’ (Simon O’Donnell) won’t be playing at this stage because of family commitments.”

Sean Skelly (left) with Rosebud Heart teammates John Watson and Adam Poole (right)

Sean Skelly (left) with Rosebud Heart teammates John Watson and Adam Poole (right)

Morrison has approached a couple of players who haven’t played for a few seasons – Daniel Etheridge is one – and he also has considered the possibility of bringing in “two or three boys from Rosebud who are more than capable of playing on a Saturday.”

Pre-season training will resume on Tuesday 13 January and Heart will train twice weekly initially with a session at its Truemans Road headquarters and another at Sommerville Secondary College which has a synthetic pitch.

Morrison’s playing career was spent mainly as a midfielder with Frankston Strikers, Rosebud, Langwarrin and Warragul United.

He has twice recovered from serious injury – a broken ankle and a ruptured ACL and torn meniscus – before retiring last season.

He is enrolled in an FFA C-Licence course starting in January.

“Apart from wanting promotion we also want to establish a pathway for our juniors leading into senior ranks.

“We had around 180 juniors last year and we’re looking at around 220 in 2016.

“The other night at training we had six lads under 17 and from what I could see most of them would be comfortable making the jump into reserves football at present.”

Ambition has brought Morrison and Heart together and season 2016 will say much about whether or not they can work with each other to realise their potential.

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