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Macca lands Ballarat job

Brendan McCartney during his stint as an assistant coach at Melbourne. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BRENDAN McCartney will return to grassroots coaching after being appointed coach of Ballarat Football League club North Ballarat.

The former Western Bulldogs AFL coach, who was most recently in charge of the Geelong Falcons Girls program in the NAB League has signed a three-year deal with the Roosters.

“I’m really humbled to be offered the opportunity to become senior coach of North Ballarat Football Club,” McCartney said in a statement released by the Roosters.

“It is a great honour, and I’m looking forward to helping lead a club which is aligned from juniors to seniors, and play a role in developing football in the Ballarat community.”

McCartney last coached a local club in the mid-1990s, leading Ocean Grove to four consecutive premierships between 1994-97 from five grand final appearances.

He then joined Richmond as an assistant coach, before landing a role at Geelong alongside Mark Thompson in 2000.

McCartney was at the Cats for 11 seasons, helping develop names like Gary Ablett Jnr, Jimmy Bartel, Steve Johnson and Paul Chapman.

Geelong won two premierships during his time at Kardinia Park, and he was named the AFL Coaches’ Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year in 2010.

Later that year McCartney joined Thompson at the Bombers under James Hird and was there for a year before landing the Bulldogs coaching position.

He spent three years at Whitten Oval before resigning from the position in late 2014.

McCartney then spent five years at Melbourne in various assistant coaching roles.

“North Ballarat are thrilled to secure Brendan McCartney as our new senior coach,” president Leon Jones said.

“We see Brendan as the perfect man for our club. His extensive experience at AFL level along with a commitment to development, welfare and leadership aligns with what we are trying to achieve as a club.

“We welcome Brendan to the club and can’t wait to see him start in his new role.”

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