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Eagles add two new coaches

The West Coast Eagles have added experience to their caoching staff, announcing the signings of Jarrad Schofield and Matthew Knights on Monday.

Schofield, who began his AFL journey at West Coast before joining Port Adelaide and playing in the club's 2004 premiership and then finishing at Fremantle in a 206 career game career returns to the West after three seasons as an assistant at the Power to take on a role in charge of strategy and stoppage.

The 46 year old coached Subiaco to three premierships in the WAFL during a successful stint from 2013 to 2018, having also played in three premierships as a player for the Lions.

Matthew Knights also joins the club's coaching staff after spending a decade at Geelong under Chris Scott, having previously coached Essendon at senior level from 2008 to 2010 after a 279 game career with Richmond.

Knights will take on a midfield coaching role, the same position he has held at Geelong since 2015.

“It is great to have both Jarrad and Matthew coming to our club,” said West Coast Eagles chief executive Trevor Nisbett.

“We’re delighted to have them on board and obviously believe they can have a strong impact as we look to rebound after missing out on finals this year.

“Both have impressive coaching resumes and combined with the senior coach Adam Simpson and the other coaching and football department staff, we believe we can start the process of making the adjustments we need to make in order to improve.”

The news comes after the recent departures of Adrian Hickmott and Jaymie Graham from the club's coaching panel ahead of the 2022 season.

IMAGE: The West Australian.


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