THE dominoes are slowly falling into place.
After a chaotic coaching merry-go-round, Blackburn became the latest Eastern Football League club to lock in its coach for 2018.
The Burners announced on Monday morning they had appointed former Sandringham assistant Brendan Allen as their new coach on a two-year deal.
And he may yet bring a few Zebras with him.
With the siren sounding on the VFL development league, clubs are in a race to inject some new talent from the state league reserves competition.
“There’s a couple of retirements from our point-of-view we’re trying to talk people out (but) if they do decide they’ve had enough, we’ve got to fill those spaces,” Allen said.
“A fair whack of the stocks are staying, which is great news, but there’s a fair bit of movement coming in hopefully.
“Whether it’s Sandy, through connections with the VFL or even local footy, trying to pick as much as we can to fill those spaces (but) it is getting late in the year so we have to move pretty quick.”
Allen was captain-coach at Southern league club Dandenong after a long playing career at Murrumbeena, where he was a member of the 2003 premiership, and Canterbury.
After a six-year stint at Trevor Barker Beach Oval, Allen was content to have a break from football in 2018 until seeing the Blackburn coaching advertisement following Kon Karavias’ resignation at the end of the season.
Karavias will remain at Morton Park next year as football manager.
“The batteries were sort of flat and I got to the ceiling at Sandy, I couldn’t go any higher unless I was working for (AFL aligned) St Kilda,” Allen said.
“After speaking to Kon, finding out the program they had in place for a community club, it sparked my interest straight away.
“This group is really driven … meeting the playing group they want to be known as the best football program in Australia.”
South Croydon remains the only Division 1 club yet to appoint a coach following Leigh Adams’ decision to join Coburg.