AFL loses a legend

THE AFL is mourning the loss of Adelaide assistant and former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey (pictured courtesy of

On the eve of the new season reported Dean passed away on Tuesday morning.  The 47-year-old was diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

Adelaide players, coaches and staff heard the news at West Lakes on Tuesday morning.


Just last month The Age reported the Crows’ strategy coach had returned home in good spirits after undergoing chemotherapy treatment in his battle against cancer.

He had been meant to resume his role with the AFL club.

Bailey joined the Crows for the 2012 season after being sacked as Melbourne’s head coach the previous year.