The Gold Coast Suns have bolstered their coaching ranks with the appointment of former Adelaide Crows coach Neil Craig as a part-time consultant.
The 63-year-old has recently been working as a coaching adviser with the English Rugby Union side which finished runner-up at the recent Rugby World Cup.
Craig says he’s excited by the opportunity to work with a young, enthusiastic group of players and coaches.
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“I enjoy working with coaches in high performance environments and the little bits I’ve had to do with the coaching group at the Gold Coast and Stuart (Dew) individually have been really refreshing,” Craig said.
“My role will be to observe, to listen and pose questions and offer my observations to Stuey and the coaching group, based on my experiences.”
Craig has had a extensive career across AFL over 22 years after first joining the Adelaide Crows as a fitness adviser in 1997.
He took over as Head Coach at the Crows midway through the 2004 season before guiding them to the minor premiership in 2005.
They managed five finals appearances under Craig however a premiership eluded him.
He later went on to hold senior roles at Melbourne, where took over as caretaker coach in 2013, as well as Essendon and Carlton.
Suns General Manager Football Operations Jon Haines says Craig will work closely with Stuart Dew and the rest of the coaching group on how they collaborate, reflect and teach.
“Over the past two season’s we have worked hard to ensure we foster a learning mindset across our entire football program, both on and off field, and the engagement of Neil will further support this objective.”
Craig will continue his work with the English Rugby Union side.