Bryan Keith Strauchan was this morning named as Melbourne Renegades President following a frenetic night of ballot counting at Etihad Stadium.
Strauchan, 28, swept to power in the wake of an intense two-week campaign to claim a role he manufactured for himself at the team.
In scenes reminiscent of a third world dictatorship, Strauchan attracted an incredible 100 per cent of the vote in what he claimed was a rock-solid endorsement from the team’s supporter base.
“Everyone knows Strauchanie the elite athlete. Everyone knows Strauchanie the poster boy for health and fitness. But Strauchanie needs to expand his horizons” he said.
“So here I am at the top of the sports administration tree. el Presidenté of the Renegades. Strauchanie has just moved from ‘elite athlete’ to ‘elite marketer’ – Kochie style.
“I’m not afraid to say it. The Melbourne derby just got a whole lot bigger. Yes, there’s Murali v Warnie but now we have something even more special - Eddie v Strauchanie.
“There are plenty of surprises in store for the season. Strauchanie is a marketing and sporting genius and he knows a thing or two about getting the best out of a team. It’s the Strauchanie way.”
As part of his role with the Renegades, Strauchan will undertake a review of the team’s training regime and is crafting plans for a surprise ahead of the 7 December BIG Melbourne derby at Etihad Stadium.
Strauchan refused to elaborate on the nature of the surprise, but confirmed he was working to send a clear message to the Renegades’ cross-town rivals.
Renegades CEO Stuart Coventry said despite Strauchanie’s visions of grandeur, his role with the team was purely symbolic.
“This appointment was driven by the Renegades supporter base and their overwhelming support for Strauchanie as president,” he said.
“He’s undoubtedly a big personality and his sporting pedigree means he has a lot to offer. We’re happy to have him on board as president for BBL|02 but we’re going to have to keep an eye on him!”
Strauchan will attend team training this week with a view to discussing tactics with coach Simon Helmot at Etihad Stadium.