Robbins stands down, set to play in 2011

Hampton Rovers senior coach Matthew Robbins has reluctantly stood down from his position but is set to pull on the green and gold and play for the Rovers in 2011.

A number of factors have forced Matthew to make this difficult decision one year into his two year agreement with the club.

The committee has been delighted with the performance of Matthew in his first year of coaching senior football and is understanding and fully supportive of his decision.

The club is excited to announce Matthew will continue his involvement with the Hampton Rovers in 2011 in a playing capacity, with the former Western Bulldogs star confirming he will wear the green and gold next year after one season off.

Robbins said, “It is purely for personal reasons that I have decided not to coach and I wish the new coach well, he’s got a great team to work with. I am looking forward to concentrating on playing next year and helping the Rovers on the field”.

The search now begins in earnest for a new senior coach to lead the Hampton Rovers in 2011 and beyond. The club has once again established itself in Premer B division of the VAFA and player recruitment is already underway for what promises to be an exciting 2011 season in Melbourne’s premier metropolitan football competition as we push to reach our goal of playing finals.

Hampton Rovers AFC President Jim Westhead had the following to say regarding the announcement, “Matty Robbins did a great job as coach and he had our boys committed and working well together. All at the Rovers wish him well and look forward to seeing him in the Rovers jumper in 2011 – and beyond.”

Robbins will coach his final game this Saturday when the Hampton Rovers host St Kevins in the final round of the 2010 season at Boss James Reserve.

A coaching sub-committee has been formed and interested applicants are encouraged to apply for the coaching job via the Hampton Rovers website at – applications close 22nd September 2010. An opportunity also exists to lead the Under 19’s in 2011.

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