NEW BAROSSA COACHES: Todd Miles (left) and Alan Obst.In a unique appointment North Adelaide key position players Todd Miles and Alan Obst will take over the 2016 senior coaching role with Barossa District from Roger James.
Both have enjoyed long and diverse careers at high levels.
“Both ‘Alby’ (Alan) and I watched Barossa’s game against Angaston last Saturday,” Miles confirmed.
“There are a number of exciting young talents among that squad and we’re looking forward to nurturing and growing from this base.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge and having personally been involved in country football before going to town, I’m looking forward to being involved with a rural club again.”
Now 30, Miles is originally from the Adelaide Plains and played in a Hamley Bridge A grade flag as a teenager, before continuing his career at Mintaro-Manoora in the North Eastern.
It was third time lucky for Miles at SANFL league level, debuting against Central District in round one, 2009.
Traded to North Adelaide in 2011, he would become a captain of the Roosters, lead them to the 2013 Grand Final in the last SANFL league game at AAMI Stadium and also secured his initial best and fairest award at any level, the Barrie Robran Medal.
At 191cm and 96 kgs, Miles has played 128 SANFL games currently.
Obst, a junior at South Gawler, who played in a BLG under 15s premiership in 2001, has enjoyed a long and injury plagued career.
He was a state under 18s player, had a single season on the Crows list and then after being in the 2007 SANFL league flag with Central District, received a second crack at AFL level, having three seasons with the Kangaroos.
Making AFL debut in round eight of 2008 in Brisbane just before his 21st birthday, he endured a collapsed lung and was unable to fly home with his team mate, travelling back to Melbourne by car in a 17 hour trip on his special day.
The 193cm, 88 kg marking forward played his 48 senior SANFL game on Sunday against his former club, Central District.
Obst confirmed his decision was driven by the inability for his body to hold up at SANFL level.
“I grew up playing in the BL&G and am really looking to sink my teeth into local football next year,” Obst said.
“I have fond memories of my junior days and still can vividly remember the 2001 flag. Injuries have been a frustration since coming back to SANFL football.”
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