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Hudghton accepts coaching role at 'Pies

12/10/2009 06:15:47 PM Comments (0)

Less than a month after being controversially overlooked for a place in St Kilda's grand final lineup, Max Hudghton has been appointed as Collingwood's defensive coach.

Hudghton, 33, retired at the end of the 2009 AFL season after a career spanning 13 seasons and 234 games.

But the St Kilda favourite was unable to break into the senior lineup for the finals series despite a groundswell of public support.

"To be able to be involved in football to some extent, and particularly to work with Mick (Malthouse) and the Collingwood Football Club will be a big change," Hudghton told the Collingwood website.

"But it's very exciting to be moving into a different environment, and move out of my comfort zone at St Kilda.

"St Kilda people are fantastic people, but this is very exciting for me.

"I hadn't really visualised any sort of coaching role for myself at all until this opportunity arose.

"I've got my own construction business, so I'm pretty deep into that at the moment.

"I just thought it was a really good role, to get involved with some of the young Collingwood defenders and influence their development."

In other news on Monday, Collingwood delisted ruckman Chris Bryan, midfielder Danny Stanley, and rookies Toby Thoolen, Johnny Bennell and Kevin Dyas.

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