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Beau Vernon on verge of becoming premiership coach at Leongatha

It’s one of country football’s most inspiring stories and it’s on the verge of a fairytale finish.

Leongatha will do battle with Traralgon in the Gippsland league grand final on Saturday, with Leongatha coach Beau Vernon hoping to lead the club to its first premiership in more than a decade.

But that’s only part of the story.

Vernon became a quadriplegic following an on-field accident in 2012 and after two years of gruelling rehab, put his hand up to taking the coaching reins this season.

He got the job.

And while his own journey has become somewhat of a side story, Vernon – in typical coaching fashion – is only worried about succeeding for everyone else this weekend.

‘I’m just super excited for the team and the community,’ Vernon said on 3AW Drive.

‘We’re pretty tight-knit down at Leongatha.’

LISTEN: Beau Vernon shares his story on 3AW