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Coaching Appointments

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Former West Coast premiership player Don Pyke is the new Adelaide coach. Pyke, 46, played 132 games for the Eagles between 1989 and 1996. He played in the 1992 and 1994 Premierships and won the Eagles' Best and Fairest award in 1993. His career was cut short due to a shoulder injury but he did play for Claremont in the WAFL after his AFL retirement. Pyke began his coaching career at Claremont and was there for two years before becoming an assistant with the Eagles 2001-2004. He then became an assistant with the Crows under Neil Craig 2005-06 before making a move to working in the oil and gas industry and serving as a coaching consultant to Claremont and Fremantle. He returned to West Coast as an assistant in 2014.

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Essendon and Hird Part Ways

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

James Hird was known as the "Golden Boy" of the AFL - a moniker given him by the media - who could do no wrong. His only blemish was a fine for criticizing an umpire on "The Footy Show" after being badgered by co-host Sam Newman. He was always brilliant on the field, so much so that in the latter years of his playing career, then coach Kevin Sheedy gave him license to instruct teammates during a game. Sheedy once said at the time it was like having a coach out on the ground. Always a favorite son of the club and a third generation Bomber (both his grandfather and father played for Essendon), Hird was appointed senior coach at the end of 2010 after the club axed Matthew Knights.

  Determined to elevate the team back to premiership contention after a dismal 2010 season, events saw former Geelong senior coach Mark Thompson return to the club as an assistant.
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Early Preseason News

The best laid to consider injuries

Swan midfielder Nic Fosdike has been forced to retire due to ongoing knee problems which restricted him in 2008. Both Senior Coach Paul Roos and assistant coach John Longmire had nothing bur praise for the 10-year veteran, saying he gave 100% and always put the team first. Longmire, always impressed by his work ethic and ability to run out games, also said Fosdike always tried to get the best out of himself.

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