Former Camperdown player and coach James Gellie is seeking a clearance from Cobden to return to the Magpies’ nest.JAMES Gellie knows better than to disagree with his young daughter Polly.
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So when the adrift footballer asked his three-year-old for advice on where he should play this season, he listened.

“Polly said she wanted me to play at Camperdown so she could play with her friends,” Gellie told The Standard yesterday.

“Family took me back to Camperdown, back to where I’ve spent most of my career.”

The 32-year-old, who coached Cobden for the past two seasons, has requested clearance to be a driving force in the Magpies’ midfield this year.

That’s when he is available.

Gellie has committed to about eight games in the black and white guernsey as he pursues an assistant coaching role with the Geelong Falcons.

The father-of-two offered his services to the TAC Cup side to supervise pre-season training.

His enthusiasm was quickly acknowledged and his temporary position has evolved to the club requiring his presence alongside Andy Allthorpe in the Falcons’ coaching box on game days.

“It’s an opportunity to get more experience in coaching, which is something I’m really passionate about,” Gellie said.

“I’m learning a lot and really enjoying it.”

Gellie stepped down from the top job at Cobden in September while entertaining thoughts of moving to Queensland.

But the plans fell through, although they could be rekindled again, and the plumber is still living in Camperdown.

“Having a young family, it’s easier to play at Camperdown,” he said.

“Coaching at Cobden was really enjoyable and rewarding and hopefully I remain friends with the people at the club.”

Having previously co-coached the Magpies, Gellie will naturally be a leader at the club, no official title necessary.

He said this year could “possibly” be his last as a player.

“It will be good to play with a few old mates, then hopefully the coaching side of things will take me further,” he said.

Gellie, who played his 200th Hampden league game last year, has been working on the development of young midfielders at Camperdown, alongside assistant coach Sam Chapman.

Club media officer Peter Conheady said Gellie’s return to the Magpie nest made perfect sense.

“He lives in Camperdown, he’s employed in Camperdown, his kids go to school in Camperdown, he’s played at Camperdown and coached at Camperdown,” Conheady said.

“He saw fit to return and we were more than happy to welcome him back.”

Meanwhile, Terang Mortlake’s 2008 premiership coach Matthew Irving has been cleared to move to SMW Rovers in the Mininera and District Football League.

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