Azza is back in a new role

Melville legend Aaron Scott has accepted a new role as assistant coach for the club’s 2020 northern premier league team.

Scott, 34, will also continue as player and skipper, as he closes in on becoming the first player to notch 300 first team games for Melville, in a deal brokered by new coach Ian McGrath.

Scott had been toying with joining his brothers in law, Josh Billman and Wayne Bates – both fellow northern league centurions – in the champion league-and-cup winning Waikato Division 1 Melville Nobs (New Old Boys) team in 2020

But his willingness to return to the northern league fray in an increased role is seen as a major vote of confidence in McGrath, appointed a week ago.

Scott has coached schoolboy teams for nine years, most notably winning the national secondary school title with Hamilton Boys High in 2017.

Over the past two years he has been working to complete his senior level two coaching badge, with this expected to be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.

“I’m excited by the challenge,” Scott said. “Ian and I met and spoke at length. We were on the same page in terms of the things we want to do.

“I want to continue the work of the last three years of development at Melville and make sure things succeed and we progress.

“From a coaching perspective I have learned a lot as a player about what works and what doesn’t and am big on instilling a positive team culture.”

McGrath said Scott was a vital part of the Melville jigsaw with his local knowledge of players a major ingredient in building a squad, particularly with the club now attracting a number of inquiries from players.

Melville chairman Wytse Bouma also welcomed the appointment.

“For a generation Aaron has been the single most important consistent, reliable and dedicated player on the Melville landscape,” he said.

“To have him now make the transition to the coaching side of things is perhaps a natural progression for such a leading club figure.

“And beyond that, his confirmed presence will be a significant steadying influence for the club in a period of change.”

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