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Boyd signs on as Dockers assistant



Former Western Bulldogs premiership player Matthew Boyd has joined Fremantle's coaching ranks, signing on as a assistant coach for 2021.


Boyd will assume control of the Fremantle defensive group next season, having spent the past three seasons at the Pies where he had a previous working relationship with Dockers senior coach Justin Longmuir.


Boyd played 292 games with the Western Bulldogs from 2003-2017, playing in the club's drought breaking 2016 premiership against Sydney.


Boyd said having the chance to work with Longmuir again was a key factor in his decision to take on the role.


“I’m really excited to be a part of the culture that’s really building at Fremantle,” Boyd said.


“A big part of my decision to come over was clearly my relationship with Justin. He’s been an amazing mentor to me in the short coaching career that I’ve had so far and this was an opportunity to continue to learn from him.


“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the Fremantle Dockers after a really positive year and I know that the footy club is heading in the right direction.


“To be a part of that at the start of a really exciting journey was something that appealed to me.”


38 year old Boyd joins a relatively youthful coaching group, with Longmuir (39) joining midfield coach Josh Carr (40) and forwards group mentor David Hale (36).


IMAGE: The West Australian.



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