UPDATED: Jensen to leave his Mark
AUSSIE RULES: Mark Jensen is now the A-grade coach of the Gladstone Mudcrabs.
Jensen, who played a handful of games in 2016, replaces Joe Walsh will continue in a playing role.
Walsh took the Muddies to the 2016 AFL Capricornia grand final against Yeppoon.
Jensen will bring a wealth of football knowledge and experience having played at high level in Tasmania for Kingborough Tigers in the Statewide League and for Channel Saints just prior to moving to Queensland at the start of this season.
"I have been in discussions with the club over the past month and got the go ahead,” Jensen said.
"After last year's performance it is exciting times and I think we put the wheels in motion this season.”
Jensen will look to further develop game plans and strategies and work together with Mudcrabs fitness coach Darren Lusher.
He noted that there were patches where the Mudcrabs got on top of arch-rivals and 2016 premiers Yeppoon Swans.
"Last season our forward line was the thing that got on top of them and it's just a matter of matching them for the whole four quarters,” Jensen said.
"We want to play as a team unit and to bring defensive pressure which is an important aspect.”
The new coach said there is no particular type of player that will be targeted.
But he is open to putting out offers while he is on holidays in Tasmania.
"I have a few contacts in Tassie and may put the word to them,” Jensen said.
"They can only say no and it depends with whether there is work in Gladstone.”
Jensen played a handful of games this season and remains unsure if he will put the boots on again in 2017.
"I'm not putting anything on the table and just have to put a few things in place before deciding whether to play or not,” Jensen said.
The reserves coach will be Shaun McClure who is also new to the coaching caper while Aaron Monish will enter his second year as coach of the Muddies women's team.