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Daffy ready for Falcons role

New Geelong Falcons coach addresses the playing group during one of his two games in charge during 2018. Geelong Falcons Image/Brian Bartlett)

NEWLY-appointed Geelong Falcons Luke Daffy is confident the time he has spent in the club’s program has him well prepared for the role.

Daffy, who was confirmed as the replacement for Geelong VFL-bound Daniel O’Keefe on Thursday afternoon, first became involved at Highton Reserve in 2014 with the Falcons’ under-16 squad.

“Being involved in the program for five years, I’ve worked under some great coaches who have developed me a lot,” the 32-year-old said.

“It was nice last (Wednesday) night to make a few phone calls to those people who have helped me along the way, in terms of Andy (Allthorpe), ‘DOK’ (O’Keefe) and Cameron Loftus, who got me into the program to start with in the under-16s.”

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The Falcons’ coaching staff will remain relatively stable, with Rob Condy being elevated from a development role to fill the line position made vacant by Daffy’s promotion.

He will look after the defence, with Michael Bright overseeing the forwards and Jayden Pitt the midfield.

“We, as a coaching group, want to create a good learning environment for the kids,” Daffy, who teaches at Grovedale’s Nazareth Primary School, said.

“And my focus is for them to come with a mindset to improve and just reflect on where they are at and what they can do to be better.

“A lot of what we do before Christmas will be skill acquisition … and as we get a bit further down the line, after Christmas, we’ll get into some contest method and structure and game awareness.”

The Falcons commence training on Monday night.

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