Horsham Demons coach shown the door

HORSHAM will attempt a tilt for an 11th-straight Wimmera Football League premiership without mastermind Stuart Farr.

After 17 seasons at the club including nine flags as a player and the last seven as coach Farr was shown the door this week.

Farr, who was a big influence during Horsham's decade of Wimmera league dominance, was left stunned after receiving a call telling him his services were no longer required.

He said he was keen to stay on as coach and it was a disappointing end to his time at Horsham.

"I wanted to keep going the board was well aware of that," Farr said.

Farr said he believed he still had plenty to offer as a coach and would be happy to try his luck at another club.

"It's no secret I love coaching and I will look for opportunities elsewhere," he said.

"It's all a new experience for me after spending 17 years at the Demons."

Horsham president Laurie Taylor confirmed Brad Hartigan and Jordy Burke would take over as co-coaches, after spending the past few years as assistants.

"We have had a succession plan in place for the last two to three years and the club has decided to activate it," Mr Taylor said.

"Brad and Jordy will replace Stuart Farr, who will go down in the history books as one of the best players and coaches to play for Horsham."

Mr Taylor said it was a tough decision to make and thanked Farr for helping the club reach remarkable feats.

"Stuart has been absolutely fantastic to the club in his leadership and development of the playing group," he said.

"He was prepared to lead again but we thought the timing was right to bring in Brad and Jordy not only for next year but for future seasons to come."

Mr Taylor admitted it was massive shoes to fill for the new coaches, but believed they were up to the job.

Hartigan said he was excited about the future and had learned a lot from Farr.

"Stuey has been a great coach and certainly someone that myself and Jordy have both looked up to as a mentor," Hartigan said. "Most of what I know about coaching has come from him."

Burke labelled Farr as a legend of the club and said there was no better person to have learnt from.

"Stuart has given us every chance to learn and a lot of what we're going to incorporate as coaches, we would have learned off him," he said.

Burke said he was happy with his announcement as co-coach and was looking forward to giving it a crack.

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