Brendan McCartney has joined the Demons just two weeks after being ousted as senior coach of the Western Bulldogs.
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Brendan McCartney has joined Melbourne as its development and strategy coach, just two weeks after being ousted as senior coach of the Western Bulldogs.
McCartney will join Brett Allison, Brad Miller and newly appointed full-time Casey coach Justin Plapp in Melbourne’s development team for 2015.
“We are delighted that Brendan McCartney has agreed to join us in the role of development and strategy coach,” Demons manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said.
“He has a proven record and reputation in developing players and his appointment adds valued experience to our development program.
“Adding resources to our development area was a key focus for the club this off-season.”
McCartney’s three-year tenure at the Bulldogs ended abruptly when he resigned the day after former captain Ryan Griffen requested a trade to the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
He will move into a mentoring role when Simon Goodwin takes over as senior coach of the Demons in 2017.
“Brendan will work in development for the next two seasons before moving into a mentor and management role in line with Simon Goodwin’s first season as senior coach for the 2017 season,” Mahoney said.
“Simon has previously worked with Brendan while at Essendon and identified him as the ideal candidate for that role to assist his transition into senior coaching.
“Following George Stone’s retirement, Brendan provides almost 20 years of experience to the coaching group.”