Dean Terlich will lead Tanunda Football Club's 2018 campaign

Still just 27 years of age and in the prime of his football career – with AFL tenures at both Sydney and Melbourne – Dean Terlich has been selected as Tanunda Football Club’s new A Grade coach for the 2018 campaign.

Outgoing Tanunda Magpies president Dan Eggleton said Terlich ticked all the boxes and was an upright and professional young man, perfect for the role as coach at the Tanunda Football Club.

“Dean is originally a country boy from the Hume League in rural NSW,” Eggleton said.

“He was originally drafted to Sydney and then went across to Norwood before getting a second opportunity with the Melbourne Demons and having four years on their list.

“Dean and his wife Georgina are currently on holidays and upon return, he is hoping to start Tanunda’s ’18 pre-season in the middle of November.

“We have a vibrant young group of talent coming up from our colts side and with the dynamic of this young squad at the club, we see Dean as a perfect person for the role, with his breadth of experience in the game.

“Our recruiting team have done a wonderful job.”

Terlich resumed SANFL football this year with Norwood after being first drafted to the Demons in 2012 rookie draft, following a Jack Oatey Medal winning performance in the 2012 Redlegs premiership victory over West Adelaide at Football Park.

Terlich played 35 games with Melbourne; 20 of them in his first season of AFL football in ‘13 where he finished in third place in the Demons’ Best and Fairest award, the Bluey Truscott Medal, averaging just on 20 possessions per game.

He played a further 15 games in 2014 but couldn’t find a place in the senior team, across his final two years on Melbourne’s lists, playing state-league football with the Casey Scorpions in the VFL.

This year he played with Norwood in the SANFL racking up a further 14 games, finishing his SANFL career with 86 matches.

Along with Terlich’s signature, the key trio of leading goal kickers in the competition Josh Trembath, elite midfielder Nathan Petersen-Gray and premier ruckman Angus Kurtze have all committed for the 2018 campaign.

Along with the above quartet, former Tanunda premiership player Matthew Prior returns from Central District where he played upwards of 50 league games and was a key member of the 2012 reserves premiership.

Another Tanunda local Darcy Hamon, who played SANFL reserves with the Bulldogs, has also signed with the Magpies and will return to his foundation club.

Eggleton confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as president at this year’s Tanunda Football Club AGM.