Harvey to pull boots back on, Roos stand down two line coaches


Joining Whitecross and Rivers away from the club include ruck coach Will Minson and academy coach Michael Firrito.

A club source said the experienced Gavin Brown – who was brought to the club to run development – and senior assistant Jade Rawlings are set to fill-in as line coaches beneath Rhyce Shaw.

Harvey, who was brought back to the club on a part-time basis as a mentor and as match day runner, will take part in some of the training and will be another voice on the track.

The veteran will no longer be the runner, but will instead help out with training and concentrate on keeping the players not selected for AFL games match-hardened.

Development coaches Leigh Adams and Heath Scotland will also have increased roles during the week.

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“There was some reshuffling required in the footy department and the coaching department wasn’t the only area that was hit,” Rawlings told Sportsday.

“There were some really hard decisions that were made. We needed to look into what our players needed around them from a coaching perspective but also from a high performance perspective.

“We couldn’t not provide them with their physios and doctors and conditioning staff so we really prioritised that area and unfortunately we didn’t get all our staff back.

“We still think we have a good area there in the coaching department. We have some staff we think are enough to provide for our players.

“Availability is going to be really key throughout this period. Now we’ve got them back, having our physios, massage, docs and our conditioning staff readily available is going put us in the best position for [a] successful season.”

With the football department cap reducing significantly both this year and next, all clubs are looking for ways to streamline their programs. Last week, St Kilda chief operating officer Simon Lethlean said the Saints were keen on utilising versatility within their staff.

People like former Hawthorn captain Jarryd Roughead, data analyst David Wrath and list manager Simon Gallagher were all set to help out in hands-on positions during the week.

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