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Fremantle has appointed Justin Longmuir for the next three seasons as the senior coach. Longmuir has spent the past two seasons as Collingwood's defensive coach. Longmuir, 38, is the first West Australian to be appointed to the position at the Dockers. He has spent the past 10 years in the coaching ranks as a senior assistant, assistant and development coach at Fremantle (2010), West Coast (2011-2017) and Collingwood. Longmuir was drafted by the Dockers and played 139 games 1999 to 2007 with a degenerative knee injury cutting short his career at the age of 26.

Longmuir said he was honored by the appointment, especially with the  club where his career started, “It means everything to me to coach Fremantle.

“Fremantle gave me my first opportunity to play ... for that I’m extremely grateful. I left the club knowing there was unfinished business ... I’ve returned determined to repay the faith that the club has again shown in me ... It’s obviously changed a lot since I left but I’m genuinely excited to be back.

President Dale Alcock said the club was "delighted to have Longmuir back ... Given the high quality of the final candidates ... The selection panel was of the firm belief that Justin was the standout ... with his playing and extensive coaching experience ...  he knows what’s required to win and what’s required for sustained success. Justin not only has a great knowledge of the game but, most importantly, as a person he is someone who is absolutely genuine and driven to get our players to be the best that they can be." Lpngmuir also said he was excited about and looking forward to acquainting himself with the staff and players. An example of his affability - before his press conference, he walked around the room shaking hands with all the journalists present and asked their names. 

Source: Luke Morfesse, Fremantle Media Release, SEN Radio (audio)

Article last changed on Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - 5:29 PM EDT


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