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Ex-Blues mentor named Lions assistant

15/09/2008 04:35:51 PM Comments (0)

Former Carlton mentor Wayne Brittain will begin work with the Brisbane Lions this week after signing on as an assistant to new coach Michael Voss.

A former Brisbane Bears assistant under Robert Walls, Brittain took over the Carlton reins in 2001 and led the Blues to the AFL semi-finals that season.

After being replaced in 2003 by Denis Pagan, he worked under Danny Frawley at Richmond before moving to his home state of Queensland at the end of 2004.

Brittain has helped the Lions identify their first selection in the national draft for the last two years.

"Brittain is the latest addition to the Lions' football department and brings with him a wealth of coaching experience," a Lions spokesman said.

Voss has not wasted time making his presence felt since taking over from Lions legend Leigh Matthews.

Under his restructure plan, assistant coach Paul Hudson has moved on and Marcus Ashcroft has been made redundant with club administrator Graeme Allan moving from recruitment and list management to head of the football department.

Voss' arrival has also reportedly had a big impact on off-contract players.

Midfielders Michael Rischitelli, Justin Sherman and Albert Proud are all expected to sign new deals with the Lions this week.

Defender Joel Patfull is also reportedly close to a new deal.

And it is believed recently retired midfielder Nigel Lappin has been asked by Voss to reconsider his decision and run out for the Lions in 2009.

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