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Voss restructure begins at Brisbane

10/09/2008 02:49:35 PM Comments (0)

Incoming Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss has wasted no time making his presence felt.

The Lions confirmed assistant coach Paul Hudson and football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft were leaving the club, one week after Voss officially took over from Leigh Matthews.

Voss met with club administrator Graeme Allan this week to detail his plans.

But wholesale changes have been ruled out under Voss after Lions chairman Tony Kelly confirmed any existing contracts would be honoured following Matthews' shock departure.

As a result of talks with Voss, Allan moved from Lions recruitment and list management to head of the football department.

That made Ashcroft's position redundant.

And Hudson - a former Hawthorn premiership winner - has been moved on after his two-year Lions contract expired after the 2008 AFL season.

"New senior coach Michael Voss is currently formulating his football department and his coaching staff as part of the club's preparations for season 2009," the Lions said in a statement.

Ashcroft has already been linked to the new Gold Coast AFL club after his long association with the Brisbane club ended.

The Gold Coast will field a team under head coach Guy McKenna in Victoria's TAC Cup next year in the lead-up to their 2011 AFL debut.

Former Southport junior Ashcroft made his AFL debut for the Brisbane Bears in 1989.

He retired in 2003 with three premierships, a record 318 games for the Bears and Lions and club life membership before joining the football department three years later.

Former All-Australian Hudson also joined the Lions in 2006 after working with the Gippsland Power in Victoria's TAC Cup.

He was the Lions forwards coach and held the reins for the reserves outfit the Suncoast Lions.

"Both men leave with the utmost respect," the Lions said.

"The Brisbane Lions thank both men for their strong dedication, professional skills and enormous contributions to the club."

Hudson's departure ensures Voss is surrounded by familiar faces on the coaching staff.

Assistants Craig Lambert, Justin Leppitsch and Adrian Fletcher plus ruck coach Clark Keating and development mentor Chris Johnson are all former teammates.

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