Full-time Fev? Hawkins pitches for permanency

BACCHUS Marsh coach Doug Hawkins has not ruled out trying to lure Brendan Fevola to the club on a full-time basis next year.

Fevola played a one-off match for the Cobras on Saturday, luring more than 2500 people to Maddingley Park and almost single-handedly steering Bacchus Marsh to what would have been the most unlikely of wins over Sunbury.

Booting four goals (more than half of the Cobras’ score), the former Carlton and Brisbane Lions superstar provided a massive boost for Bacchus Marsh, both financially and on the field.

Two late goals to Sunbury’s Xavier Linton ruined the fairytale finish for the Marsh, but Fevola’s impact was unquestionable.

The aftermath of the Fevola experiment is still very much in its infancy, but all signs indicate having Fevola at Maddingley Park for the day was an outstanding success.

Hawkins told The Courier he would love to have the 32-year-old at the club again next year, possibly on a full-time basis.

Although a number of issues would still need to be addressed to get Fevola back to Bacchus Marsh, Hawkins said it would be huge for the club.

“I’dlove to get him back, there’s no doubt about it,” Hawkins said.

“At the end of the day he is an AFLgreat. If he’s the worst AFL player going around these days, then I’m off theplanet.”

Speaking after the match, Fevola said hewas keeping his options open next year.

“I’ll have to have a chat with Dougy andsee what happens,” Fevola said.

“He’s a great fella and he’s doing agreat job down here with all the young kids and hopefully they can have a goodrest of the year and the next couple of years they’re going to be really good.”

Fevola is currently playing home gamesfor Yarrawonga in the Ovens and Murray Football League, having booted 34 goalsin just six games this year.

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Bacchus Marsh coach Doug Hawkins gets a laugh out of Brendan Fevola on Saturday.

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