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Domsy’s got talent

TOM Lonergan will have the honour of ushering in a new era at the Geelong Falcons after being appointed as the NAB League club’s new talent manager.

The former Geelong defender, whose appointment was confirmed on Friday following a restructure of AFL positions, replaces Mick Turner, who had been in the role since replacing inaugural manager Paul Armstrong in 1995.

“Mick’s known as “The Godfather” among the talent managers,” Lonergan, who was most recently in a similar role at the Calder Cannons, said.

“He’s 26 years in, and he’s got a hell of a lot of experience. The amount of talent that’s come through the Geelong Falcons is unprecedented, really; it’s some of the best names that have ever played the game, and he’s played a huge role in that.

“(They are) huge shoes to fill, but I’m really excited by the opportunity.”

Lonergan is grateful for the opportunity to continue in football administration in the wake of the upheaval caused by COVID-19.

The 2011 Geelong premiership player freely admits he feared he would be out of a job when the restructure was finalised.

“No doubt there are times where you think about it when you’re in standdown (mode), and you have to move the whole industry interstate, and the amount of money that’s costing the industry,” Lonergan said,

“Certainly, there’s thought that goes through your head; “how does that affect me and others as well?”

“But they (AFL) were really clear transparent in terms of what was happening. I’ve certainly got to thank the AFL for that. I’m certainly one of the lucky ones.

“There’s certainly been a lot of jobs lost to football, and some really, really good people. I’m just really fortunate that I’ve been given this opportunity, and I’m really excited to get stuck into it.”

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Lonergan will oversee both the boys and girls programs at Highton Reserve and will work alongside former Geelong midfielder Paul Corrigan, who will be the head coach of the club as it enters its 30th season.

He will sit down with Turner, who has already been willing to impart his knowledge to Lonergan, in coming weeks for a handover.

“He’s got a hell of a lot of knowledge, and he’s got so many contacts around the place as well,” Lonergan said.

“I’ve already had a few chats to him over the phone. He’s been fantastic in sharing information, so that’s undoubtedly going to make my job easier.

Over time, we’ll figure a few things out. Both ‘Corra’ and I have a good understanding of the region itself having lived here for several years.

“It’s now about introducing ourselves to the key stakeholders in the region, and hand-in-hand with the AFL, we think we can make it work really well.”

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