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Tom’s lead pick

Tom Couch, son of the late Geelong Brownlow Medallist Paul Couch, is believed to be the frontrunner for theSimon Black Academy coaching position in Launceston and is highly likely to filla joint role asNorth Launceston’s next TSL senior coach.
Nanjing Night Net

Fairfax Media understands that Couchis one of a shortlist of three candidates left in the race to fill the position left vacant with the move of two-time State League premiership coach Zane Littlejohn to a development role with the Brisbane Lions.

It is believed that two of the remaining candidates are from interstate and one is an internal applicant from this year’s coaching staff.

FRONTRUNNER: Tom Couch, playing VFL football for Richmond during the round two match against Footscray Bulldogs at Punt Road Oval in April. Picture: Getty Images

A 28-year-old,Couchwas picked up in the 2011AFL rookie draft and played three AFL games for Melbourne over two seasons before being delisted at the end of the 2013 season.

An inside midfielder, he has played VFL football with Richmond and Collingwood and was Richmond’s strength and conditioning coach this year.

He won a best and fairest with Melbourne’sVFL affiliate the Casey Scorpions in 2012 and finished runner-up in the Liston Trophy the same year.

Couch has also travelled the world working closely with professional tennis players inpreparation for major tennis tournaments such as Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

He has also specialized in AFL junior development for youngsters aspiring to play AFL football and has been afitness consultant for multiple local football clubs across the country.

It is understood that Couchwill fill the Academy coaching role in the North of the state withthe Northern Bombers having alreadystated their preference for thesuccessful applicant to fill a dual role as their senior coach.

North expects to bring the twoexternal candidates to Launceston this week for a tour of the club and further discussions before making a final decision.

The club plans to make an announcement of their new coach by the end of the month.

It is understood Couch has futureambitions to become an AFL coach.

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