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Turner calls time

Departing Geelong Falcons Talent Manager Michael Turner. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

MICHAEL Turner’s 25-year tenure as the head of one of Australian Football’s most fertile nurseries has come to an end.

It is understood Turner won’t re-apply for his position as Talent Manager at Highton Reserve following the COVID-19 shake-up of positions at NAB League clubs where all positions have been advertised internally.

A member of the Geelong Team of the Century, and captain of the Cats during a 245-game VFL career, the 65-year-old replaced inaugural regional manager Paul Armstrong ahead of the 1995 TAC Cup season.

During his time in charge, the Falcons missed the finals only twice, winning premierships in 2000 and 2017 and finishing runner-up in 1998.

134 players have been drafted in Turner’s time, earning it the nickname of “The Footy Factory” from some in the media.

There is speculation he will be replaced by another former Cat in Tom Lonergan.

The 2011 premiership defender, who still lives in Geelong, has most recently been talent manager of fellow NAB League club Calder Cannons.

Turner is not the only key departure from Highton Reserve, with coach Luke Daffy revealing last month he also wouldn’t be reapplying for his position.

Former Cat Paul Corrigan, who has most recently in roles at Essendon, has been linked to the coaching role, which is believed to cover both the boys and girls programs.

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