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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA From Chicago

Former Melbourne forward David Neitz has joined Hawthorn in a part time role as a specialist key position coach for the 2015 season. In an AFL career spanning 16 years (1993-2008), Neitz played 306 games, was twice named All Australian (1995, 2002), won the Coleman Medal and Melbourne's best and fairest award in 2002. He was also Melbourne’s leading goal kicker in seven seasons and the first Melbourne player to reach 300 games. He remains the Demons' longest serving captain.

Football Operations Manager Chris Fagan welcomed Neitz’s appointment saying Neitz's experience would be highly valuable with the younger players. He pointed out that Neitz had earned one of his All Australian honors as a defender, giving him the ability to coach and develop players at both ends of the ground. He said “As a 300-plus game player, we are also pleased that he will be available to provide guidance and advice for our senior players. David will bring a wealth of knowledge and leadership to the team, which will complement and enhance our current coaching group. "

Source: Leah Mirabella, Hawthorn Media Release

Former St Kilda captain and Richmond coach Danny Frawley has returned to the Saints as a specialist defensive coach. Frawley was the club's longest serving captain until overtaken by Nick Riewoldt in 2013. He will not only assist with the defense but will also assist with the forward line, the coaching staff and the Saints' Player Academy.

Frawley, a full back during his career, played 240 games and captained the side in 177 games. He led the team to Finals' appearances in 1991 and 1992, the club's first Finals' campaign in 18 years. In 2007 he was inducted into the St Kilda Hall of Fame. Frawley has remained active in football since his 1995 retirement, first as an assistant at Collingwood for four seasons then as coach of Richmond for a further five seasons. After his stint at Richmond, he moved into the media, followed by his role as CEO of the Players Association. He will combine his media duties with his new role at the Saints.

Source: Luke Holmesby, St Kilda Media Release

Article last changed on Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 5:40 AM EST


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