Rumble takes the reigns


Four-time premiership player Darren Rumble has set his sights on a coaching career when he eventually decides to call an end to his decorated WAFL career.

The 28 year-old has taken charge of Subiaco’s under 14’s development squad and will steer the group towards a junior carnival that will kick off at the end of September.

“It’s been really enjoyable, learning 90 kids names has been pretty tough and so has getting used to the way kids play at this age, it’s so much different to what I’ve been used to for so long.” Rumble said

The Balga product says he’s aiming to follow in the footsteps of some former team-mates who are currently carving out coaching careers in the WAFL.

Rumble played a large chunk of his 191 game career with the likes of Jarrad Schofield, Marc Webb, Paul Vines, Todd Holmes and Caine Hayes, all of whom remain in the WAFL system in coaching roles.

“I’ve already done my level two AFL coaching accreditation so it’s something I’ll definitely pursue when I’ve had enough of playing, I think doing the 14’s is a good way to start.” he said.

Rumble was only four years older than the players he’s coaching when he made his WAFL debut for the Lions in 2003. Since then the robust defender has been picked to play for WA on four occasions, spent a year on Fremantle’s rookie list, was named fullback in Subiaco’s Team of the Decade and is the only current WAFL footballer with four premiership medallions.

“I’m just trying to pass on my wisdom, if I have any,” said Rumble with a laugh.

“At this age they seem to follow the ball a lot, where ever the ball goes, they go, so its about trying to teach them where to run and when to go at the right times plus decision making, the usual type of things with boys this age.” He said.

“One thing I realized pretty quick is how much I’m enjoying myself, last week I came to training pretty stressed out after an ordinary day at work and I became encapsulated in the session and before I knew it the hour was all over. I’m definitely enjoying teaching the game that’s for sure.”  Rumble said.

And while it’s all smiles at the moment, Rumble says he’s all too aware of the challenges that come with the ‘head coach’ badge.

“I haven’t had to cut anyone yet, that’s something I’m not really looking forward to because I remember when I was this age I got cut from the same squad and it wasn’t very pleasant. I never made any of the development squads when I was young. It’s come a long way though, now with two teams there’s so much more opportunity for these guys which is great.” He said.

 

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