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Dok join Blues

GEELONG Falcons premiership mentor Daniel O’Keefe has taken the most significant in his coaching career after being appointed to a role at Carlton.

O’Keefe, who took the Falcons to the 2017 TAC Cup title and spent 2019 as an assistant coach with Geelong’s VFL program, will join former North Shore star Jason Davenport as a development coach.

He also worked in a commercial role with AFL Barwon this year.

The former Sydney draftee is among three additions to David Teague’s staff, with ex-Cat Henry Playfair and Brisbane great Luke Power both announced as having roles last month.

“We have been able to really strengthen the off-field team at our football club for next year, and we feel the new faces will suit our already strong coaching group,” Blues football boss Simon Lloyd said.

 “This coaching group is really diverse with experience across many different areas. We feel this perfectly complements our playing group and provides great support for David Teague.

 “All our coaches will be pushing to get the best out of our players by maintaining high standards as we strive for consistent on-field performance in 2020.”

O’Keefe, who played locally with Geelong West-St Peter’s and Newtown & Chilwell before a back issue ended his career, Davenport and Playfair aren’t the only members of the Carlton coaching team with links to Geelong.

Assistant coach Dale Amos coached GFL club South Barwon and the VFL Cats, while ruck coach Hamish McIntosh spent three years on Geelong’s AFL list between 2013-2015.

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