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Cats add Betts to coaching staff

Former Carlton and Adelaide forward Eddie Betts has joined Geelong in a part-time coaching role in 2022. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

EDDIE Betts post-playing career will start at Geelong.

The Carlton and Adelaide great, who retired at the end of the season after a stunning career of 350 games and 640 goals, will take on a part-time development role with the Cats.

“I am really excited by the opportunity to work with Geelong,” Betts said.

“Geelong is a successful club with a magnificent culture that has always been consistently strong, and I cannot wait to get involved.

I’m excited to support the club, and I’m looking forward to being able to grow myself as well. Geelong is known for developing people, and that is also an exciting element of joining the club.

“I’m looking forward to working with the playing list, in particular the younger players and helping them develop both on and off the field.  “It’s important for players to develop skills in all parts of your life.

“Obviously, I will spend some time with the forwards, particularly the small forwards, but hope to get across all on-field spaces where the club see they need me.”

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Betts, who will spend some time in the media, will start in his role in mid-January.

His appointment follows that of James Kelly to an assistant coaching role last week following the departure of Matthew Knights, Matthew Scarlett and Corey Enright.

“Eddie has seen the game from every angle, starting on the rookie list and growing into one of the game’s best and most influential figures,” football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“His knowledge, wisdom, leadership and experience will be a great asset for our team.

“Eddie is a great communicator, and he is excited to work with our players, Chris and our coaching staff, and everyone involved with the club.

“We are equally excited that he has chosen to join our club.”

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