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Modda finalises coaching staff

CHRIS Hickey has been confirmed as senior coach and club legend Josh Finch will take on the newly created role of Director of Coaching as Modewarre confirmed its coaching structure for 2021.

Hickey was due to share the senior coaching position with 2019 co-coach Seamus Orr and star midfielder Mitch Fisher in 2020 but will go it alone next year.

“‘Reg’ has been involved with our open age footy for four years now,” Warriors president Michael Fitzgerald said.

“He’s covered many based having coached our reserves side, been senior assistant to John Meesen and Seamus Orr and was set to be a co-senior coach in 2020.

“Reg has had a long involvement with us, with his wife Lisa being the niece of the late, great club legend Max Harvey.

“In his time, Reg has played a huge role in not only player skill development but in ensuring the comradery and team-first approach of our players is second to none.”

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Finch, who was co-coach alongside John Meesen of the Warriors’ 2018 premiership team, and is the only player to win four Les Ash medals, was recently elevated to the role of backline coach with Geelong’s AFLW program.

“His primary role will be to ensure the coaching collective works cohesively and efficiently to get the most from the coaches and the playing list,” Fitzgerald said.

“Josh has a very important role with the Geelong AFLW program.

“Their season will run up until the start of the BFL season, so it will work well that he can work with the coaches outside of training, train with the group when possible and then play when the season kicks off. ”

The Warriors have also welcomed former St Albans co-coach Adam Boshevski as playing senior assistant coach.

Boshevski, who spent two years at the Supersaints, has VFL playing experience with Collingwood.

“Adam is new to our club, and both Adam, his family and the club are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship,” Fitzgerald said.

“Adam is a perfect fit for our club and in particular our playing list. He’s played and coached at a very high level, and that experience will be invaluable.”

2018 premiership player Jeremy Ollis, 2019 recruit Oli Butler and 2020 addition Tom Hornsey have all been appointed to playing assistant coaching roles.

“Since 2015 we had had a considerable focus on internal promotion and reward for effort,” Fitzgerald said. “This has been a successful model for us, and we feel no need to change from it.

Jeremy, Oli and Tom all have an enormous amount to offer from a skillset point of view and importantly enthusiasm perspective.”

The Warriors start pre-season training on November 23.

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