Legendary little striker Eddie Betts wasted little time finding a new role in football, landing an assistant coach position at Geelong.
Betts have closed the curtain on his stellar career this year, finishing with 350 games and 640 goals to become the fourth player in VFL / AFL history to join the exclusive “350-600” club along with fellow champions Matthew Pavlich, Bernie Quinlan and Kevin Bartlett.
The three-time All-Australian played most of his 17-year career with Carlton, but played his best football in his six seasons with the Crows, where he started 310 majors at an average of 52 per year.
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“I can confirm that Eddie Betts will be part of Geelong’s coaching staff next year,” said former Essendon forward Matthew Lloyd, brother of Geelong football manager Simon Lloyd. AFL Commercial Radio Wednesday.
Former Betts club Carlton have also added to their new coaching staff, hiring a former Western Bulldogs assistant Ashley hansen, just a day after the poaching Tim clarke from the Côte d’Or.
Hansen, a leading player with West Coast, has been at Whitten Oval for the past nine seasons and will not only serve as the main assistant to new Blues head coach Michael Voss, who replaced David Teague two weeks ago, but will also be in charge of the front row.
“What I love about coaching is creating an environment for the players to perform at their best on and off the pitch,” said Hansen.
“I have been very fortunate to witness such environments throughout my career as a player and coach, and I am really excited to be creating this again at Carlton.
“Before making the decision to meet, I had some really good discussions with (Carlton’s football manager) Brad Lloyd and Michael Voss, they were very clear on what they wanted to build here. I feel like I can really use my experience to help achieve that goal and help our players reach the level that they undoubtedly aspire to. ”
The nominations continue a wave of assistant coaches stirring across the league this week with the former Melbourne defender Neville Jetta join Collingwood, Brad miller towards the Gold Coast and Craig jennings being hired by the Great West of Sydney.