Glenn McKnight may have taken a step back from first grade but the Oxley Vale Attunga stalwart is still around to pass on his knowledge to the new brigade.
After playing 12 years of first grade for the Mushies, McKnight opted to play in reserve grade this year.
However, with both grades training together, McKnight is around the the first grade squad and lends his advice where possible.
“I try and mentor and encourage the young players on the team,” McKnight said.
“Confidence goes a long way and I try to get them backing themselves.”
McKnight added: “The young fellas have really stepped up.
“They’ve got a lot of speed and skill.”
Like OVA coach Tim Coates, McKnight has been surprised with how well the first grade side has gone this year but he believes they let a couple of games slip.
“The young fellas got the results early in the year,” McKnight said.
“They nearly beat the better team of the competition in Tamworth FC. They’ve had some surprising results but they’ve lost some games you thought they would have won as well.”
The Mushies will have to be at their best in the final two rounds with clashes against North Companions and Tamworth FC.
Those teams drew last week and OVA also have a couple injuries which will make things tough.
“First grade have suffered a couple big blows in the last couple of games. [Brendan] Fergie’s done a medial. He’s the main defender and who knows when he’ll be back,” McKnight said.
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