Just three coaches turned up to an AFL Coaches’ Association meeting aimed to “reconnect” James Hird.
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Essendon’s James Hird has fronted a meeting with three rival coaches after completing his 12-month AFL ban for his role in the Bombers’ 2012 supplements program.
Hird’s suspension ended in August and the former playing captain is set to take back the reigns in 2015 after Mark Thompson took the side to an elimination final this year.
The AFL Coaches’ Association acting chief executive Mark Brayshaw hosted a meeting on Thursday aiming to “reconnect” Hird with the organisation.
However, only three senior coaches turned up to Brayshaw’s house to meet Hird.
Collingwood’s Nathan Buckley, Gold Coast’s Guy McKenna and Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney were the only coaches to attend the meeting, suggesting some to suggest a majority of AFL coaches are disappointed in the manner Hird handled himself throughout the supplements saga.
“It was a good meeting, all part of James’ reconnecting with the coaches’ association,” Brayshaw said in a statement released to Channel Nine’s The Footy Show on Thursday night.
“He’s had 12 months out, done his time, and what we had was a warm and robust conversation, a very mature conversation.”