By Mitch Guy
KILCUNDA-Bass is making a bold bid for its favourite son, Brent Macaffer to join the club as senior coach next season.
The club this week declined to confirm the report, particularly with Macaffer playing a prominent role in Collingwood’s VFL premiership campaign, but with the 77-game player announcing his AFL retirement recently, the time could be right to return to his junior club.
Panthers supporters will be licking their lips at the prospect of Macaffer lining up for the senior side, and the appointment will no doubt help the club attract new recruits.
With Collingwood players Dane Swan and Alan Toovey also retiring this season, the possibility of former Magpies joining the Panthers will also excite the club.
Macaffer made his debut in 2009 and played in the Magpies’ 2010 premiership, before struggling with injuries including a serious knee injury which saw him sit out the 2012 season.
He returned in a big way in 2013, establishing himself as one of the premier taggers of the competition in 2013 and 2014.
His 2014 season ended sadly, when he ruptured his ACL in his right knee in round 22 and missed 2015.
He returned this season and managed just four senior games, but has been an important part of the Magpies’ VFL side.
Macaffer will play in the VFL preliminary final this Saturday against Footscray and an official announcement of his appointment as Kilcunda-Bass coach is expected shortly.