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Mel starts next phase at Falcons

Former AFLW star Melissa Hickey at Geelong Falcons Girls training earlier this week. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)


MELISSA Hickey is keen to find if coaching is part of her post-playing future after taking an assistant coaching role with the Geelong Falcons.

The former Geelong captain, who retired earlier this year, will work with both the Falcons’ girls and boys squads in 2021.

“I’ve done bits and pieces of coaching, and I’m someone that once I’m all in, I like to commit,” Hickey said.

“I feel like when I was playing, I didn’t have the time to commit to something. I did some assistant coaching at Darebin VFLW the year I did my knee, and I did some work the under-16 Vic Metro squad a couple of years ago, so, I’ve dipped my toe in.

Hickey, who was named in the first AFLW era All-Australian team in 2017 during her two-year stint at Melbourne, has labelled the Falcons role a “great opportunity”.

“I’m aware that I haven’t done enough to see if this is something I’m truly passionate about,” she said.

“But, coming and seeing the girls and the excitement on their faces, and the nervous energy, it’s an addictive environment that footy environment.

“It’s going to take a fair bit for me to stay away, I think.”

Hickey believes her experience in the women’s game will be invaluable for the talented youngsters keen to forge an AFLW career.

“I haven’t specifically done what these girls have done and started so young, but I know what it takes to get to that AFLW level,” she said.

“I’ve told the girls I’m here for any questions and to be that support for them. I feel like I’ve got some technical skills I can pass on.

“And I’m pretty good at tapping into people and being a mentor and getting into their mindset, and try and help develop that.”

Hickey is also looking forward to working with the Falcons Boys squad when they commence training next week.

“I think there is heaps I can learn from them, and vice-versa,” she said.

“Initially, my interest was girls footy only. But when the opportunity came to do boys, I thought “it’s going to be great for my development to do both”.

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