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Lappin replaces Hudson at Collingwood

By Greg Buckle 12/10/2010 05:34:25 PM Comments (0)

AFL premiers Collingwood have reacted to the departure of Paul Hudson by appointing Matthew Lappin to their coaching staff.

However the Magpies are yet to strike a deal with premiership player Travis Cloke.

His father/manager David Cloke threatened on Monday to place the 23-year-old forward in next month's national draft if a suitable contract can't be agreed upon.

Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh told AAP on Tuesday the Magpies had no comment on the Cloke contract talks.

"We're not giving 12-hourly updates," Walsh said.

Former Carlton forward pocket Lappin, who has been an assistant coach with the Blues for three years, joins Nathan Buckley, Mark Neeld and Scott Watters on head coach Mick Malthouse's panel.

Lappin replaces Hudson, who was opposition analyst in 2010.

Hudson is on St Kilda's coaching staff for next season.

Triple AFL premiership player Craig McRae also joins the Magpies from Brisbane Lions and will take on the role of development manager, replacing Luke Beveridge.

"Craig and Matthew bring great qualities to our coaching panel, and we are very pleased to have secured their services," Walsh said in a club statement on Tuesday.

"While we haven't finalised the structure of our coaching panel, making these appointments allows the football department to move forward with our planning for the 2011 season."

The Magpies are yet to replace Gavin Brown who has quit to move to arch rivals Carlton after 26 years as a player and coach at Collingwood.

"I'm really excited to come to a club that has set the benchmark, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work under Mick in 2011 and Nathan beyond that," McRae said.

Lappin said he wanted to help the defending premiers improve further next year.

"It's an exciting time at Collingwood," the 2004 All-Australian said.

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