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WA News / Sharon Smith Simon McPhee.

Simon McPhee has been re-appointed as Claremont's league coach for the next two seasons.

Former Tigers colts coach McPhee took on the job as the club's 30th head coach in a caretaker role after Roger Kerr was sacked five games into 2009.

Kerr was axed after the Claremont board refused to guarantee he would see out the season following a winless start.

The Tigers recovered to post seven wins and eight losses under McPhee's guidance.

Victories in two of their last three matches of the home and away season against Peel (48 points) and losing first semifinalist West Perth (60 points) strengthened claims for McPhee to stay on beyond the end of the 2009 season.

Other candidates linked to the league job included West Coast premiership player Don Pyke, senior Subiaco assistant Cam Shepherd, outgoing Thunder coach Chris Waterman and Andrew Lockyer, who guided the WA under-18s side to a title at this year's national under-18 championships.

McPhee played reserves football for East Perth and although he was five times listed as an emergency for the league team, ankle and groin injuries stopped him from reaching senior ranks.

The 40-year-old became a mainstay of Wembley's top side and represented the WA amateur team before taking on the local club's colts coaching job 15 years ago.

McPhee progressed to coach Wembley's senior team for three years and performed similar roles with the Claremont reserves, and the Subiaco and Tigers colts teams.

He joins Dick Grundy (Swan Districts), Jesse Newton (Subiaco), Jack Ensor (Subiaco, Swans) and Mark Riley (Claremont) as the only men to have been a WAFL head coach without playing in a State league or in the AFL.

Claremont's colts side went on to win the 2009 premiership, beating Peel in the grand final.