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Boris departs for Saints

Geelong assistant coach Corey Enright has joined St Kilda. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

COREY Enright’s almost quarter-century-long association with the Geelong Football Club has come to an end.

The man universally known as ‘Boris’ has accepted an offer to join St Kilda as its defensive coach, bringing to a halt a partnership that commenced when Enright was drafted by the Cats in 1999.

“I’m thankful to have been able to spend such a long time at a special place – the Geelong Football Club,” Enright said

“When I first walked in the doors 22 years ago, I could not have dreamed of having such a great experience here.

“The club holds so many great memories. We were able to achieve a lot of success, and seeing the joy that gave people was special.

“I have been given opportunities to be myself, to grow and contribute in so many ways.”

One of the club’s most decorated players, Enright made a club record 332 appearances in the Hoops until current captain Joel Selwood bettered the mark in this year’s semi-final win over the GWS Giants.

Debuting in 2001, he featured in the 2007, 2009 and 2011 premiership teams, claimed the Carji Greeves Medal as best-and-fairest in 2009 and 2011, and earned All-Australian selection on six occasions.

After retiring at the end of 2016, he slipped seamlessly into a coaching role with the Cats, most recently guiding Geelong’s forward line.

“The biggest thing that I take away though are the friendships and relationships that have been built through this journey,” Enright said. “These will remain forever and are so special.

“I am so thankful to have had such a great experience with the club.

“While it’s always hard to say goodbye, I am excited by the challenge that lies ahead.

“My family have always been so supportive, and I thank them for allowing me to grow my experience as a coach.”

Enright becomes the second assistant coach to depart Geelong, following Matthew Knights’ decision to take a role at the West Coast Eagles earlier this week.

“Corey is held in the highest standing by everyone at the club, and has made an incredible contribution to the club as a player, coach and a person over 22 years,” football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“We understand that Corey is looking to grow his experience by working in a different program as he advances in his coaching career.

“He is obviously one of the greatest and most important people in the club’s history.

“We have been fortunate to have him as such an important member of our club for so long.”

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