Essendon Bombers assistant coach Hayden Skipworth quits, set to join Collingwood


Essendon assistant coach Hayden Skipworth is poised to join Collingwood, informing the Bombers of his resignation on Monday – the first day of Bombers’ pre-season training.

Former Essendon and Adelaide player Skipworth, who has been at the Dons for a decade in a variety of roles, will head to the Pies to take up a role heading the club’s academy.

Hayden Skipworth.Credit:Sebsatian Costanzo

Skipworth, 36, is likely to replace Tarkyn Lockyer, who is leaving the Holden Centre to replace Luke Power as head of the AFL academy. Brisbane Lions champion Power joined Carlton’s coaching staff earlier this season.

Skipworth’s decision leaves the Dons down a key assistant coach late in the piece. Skipworth had been responsible for the Essendon midfield in 2019 but had been poised to return to the forward line.

The Bombers have however gained highly-rated Richmond assistant Blake Caracella, and top VAFA coach Cam Roberts, who also has experience at AFL NT.

Skipworth’s departure comes almost two months after the coaching handover between Ben Rutten and John Worsfold was announced.

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