LONG-TIME VFL assistant coach Trent McMicking will coach Leongatha’s senior football side in 2022.

Originally from Tarwin, McMicking started his playing and coaching career at the Sharks before making the move to Melbourne to gain higher levels of experience in coaching.

He soon joined AFL legend Gary Ayres’ coaching staff at Port Melbourne, where he spent the last seven years as an assistant coach.

He also coached the development league side at the Borough, and also worked on their junior development areas.

He replaces Paul Carbis who took over the Parrots coaching job in 2018, where he led them to a premiership, winning the grand final against Maffra by nine points.

The following year the Carbis-coached Parrots met Maffra in the big dance again, but this time it was the Eagles who took home the silverware.

After the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020, Carbis had his side humming in the 2021 season, coaching them to a minor premiership and putting them in a fantastic position to win another flag.

But the COVID-19 restrictions meant the Parrots wouldn’t get their chance to taste premiership success once again.

With his reputation and Leongatha’s recent success, McMicking will be under a lot of pressure to keep the Parrots in premiership contention.

The addition of Brad Hutchinson to the coaching team will help ease that pressure, as will the rest of the assistant coaches, Stu Wigney, Mark Lafferty, and Aaron Heppell.