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WA mentor mulls move to the Robins

Wednesday, 20th January, 2016

Experienced coach and player Peter Larkins is weighing up whether to take over as West’s senior coach, and was at training during the week to meet his prospective charges. Experienced coach and player Peter Larkins is weighing up whether to take over as West’s senior coach, and was at training during the week to meet his prospective charges.

By Darrin Manuel

A few weeks ago West had given up on its search for a new coach, but now the club may have unearthed an unexpected gem.

Western Australian mentor Peter Larkins was at the Robins’ pre-season training session this week, having travelled to the city to consider the job as West’s senior coach.

Larkins said he belatedly saw the job advertised online and subsequently accepted an invitation from current coach and director of football, David Sedunary, to meet with the club.

The 44-year-old has a wealth of football experience, having played 350 games of senior football in leagues across Victoria, Western Australia and New South Wales.

He has also coached under the guidance of current Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley, and most recently completed a stint as coach of Boddington in the Upper Great Southern league in WA.

Although his credentials appear comprehensive, West fans needn’t get too excited yet, as he admitted he is still unsure whether he can commit to the role.

Speaking before training on Monday, he said he would have to have further discussions with his wife over making the move to Broken Hill.

However he conceded he was warming to the prospect of leading the Robins, saying the club has a lot of passionate personnel working behind the scenes to return West to its former glory.

“They’ve got a very committed committee behind the club who want to see it go in the right direction, and it’s very important the club has that focus,” he said.

“Obviously the last couple of years they’ve struggled a bit, and I think they’re just looking for someone with a bit of experience to come in and refocus the playing group.”

Current coach David Sedunary said he had no doubt that Larkins would be an ideal candidate for the job.

Sedunary was forced to take on the coaching role when the club’s initial search for a coach was unsuccessful, but he said he’d happily return to his original role as director of football should Larkins sign on.

“I’m pretty excited about it, he’s got some very good ideas when it comes to coaching,” said Sedunary.

“I’d be very happy to get him on board, but if it doesn’t work out, I’ll do what I have to do.”

Larkins is due to return home to Mandurah in WA today and said he expects to inform West of his decision before the end of the week.

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