Leigh McInerney will take the coaching reins solo at Rockbank for next year’s Riddell District Football League season.

After sharing the job with Leigh Sporle this year, McInerney will go it alone in 2018 as work commitments mean Sporle can’t re-commit.

Rams football operations manager Gavin Sporle said McInerney was ready to go round again.

He said things had been going smoothly during the off season after a coaching change midway through the last pre-season.

Sporle said early signs were good that the club would continue rebuilding.

After stepping back in the past two years and focusing on getting everything right off field, the Rams have started to see results on the field.

The Rams finished 11th this year with two wins after not winning a game the year before.

Sporle said there had been solid numbers on the track so far.

“We’re still talking to a lot of players and potential recruits,” he said. “We haven’t got any new signings at this point and we’re not in the position to pay overs to players.

“We want to consolidate for another season … continuing to focus on getting the club into the position we want to be.”

Scott Matthews has been appointed reserves coach, while Saxon Woodroffe will again coach the under-19s.

Sporle said Tom Evans, who is returning to Diggers Rest, was the only big out so far.

He said the club was continuing to look for players for its seniors, reserves and under-19 teams as well as the club’s junior arm, the Western Rams.

This year was the first time the club had fielded a junior football team for a number of years and it is keen to add further sidesr.

Sporle said the club was also keen to get a junior netball program running, as it looked to provide pathways from the junior club sides to seniors in both football and netball.

Interested players can contact Gavin on 0481 912 604.