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Eagles add Walsh to AFL coaching staff

By Justin Chadwick 08/09/2008 08:30:18 PM Comments (0)

West Coast have offset the loss of Michael Voss to Brisbane by adding former Port Adelaide assistant Phillip Walsh to their revamped AFL coaching staff.

Walsh recently ended his 10-year stay with the Power after a rumoured falling out with Port coach Mark Williams and will become the Eagles' strategy and innovations coach.

Voss, who captained the Lions to three straight premierships, had signed with West Coast until 2010 but abandoned those plans when he was offered the senior coach's position at Brisbane following Leigh Matthews' shock resignation.

Walsh played 122 games with Collingwood, Richmond and Brisbane and was also the strength and conditioning coach at Geelong from 1995-98.

"West Coast contacted me after I had resigned at Port Adelaide and I am very excited with the opportunity," Walsh said.

"I am rapt to be working with John Worsfold and the rest of the coaching staff with a terrific young list.

"To work at a club like West Coast, which has such a proud history, is a dream come true for me."

West Coast chief executive Trevor Nisbett said securing Walsh was part of an aggressive strategy to recruit the best available people to the club.

"We are committed to securing the best-credentialled people in the business and there is no doubt that Phillip fits into that category," Nisbett said.

"He has a broad skills set which certainly will complement both John Worsfold and Peter Sumich."

Walsh will join former Melbourne coach Neale Daniher, who has signed on as the Eagles' football operations manager, as new faces at the club.

Assistants Darren Harris and Tony Micale have already been let go by West Coast.

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