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Knights to join Eagles

Geelong assistant coach Matthew Knights will depart the Cats for a role at West Coast. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

THE expected shake-up of Geelong’s coaching staff has started with the departure of Matthew Knights for a role with West Coast.

Knights spent the past ten years at GMHBA Stadium – the first three as coach of the VFL team, followed by seven years as midfield assistant coach.

“The club and the people have made my experience with the Cats a time in my life that will always be special,” Knights said.

“The Geelong community embraced me and my family, and we’ve loved not being with the Cats but also living in such a great city. The relationships and memories will endure.

“I loved coming to work every day, to work with dedicated players, coaches and staff.

The club, through Chris Scott, Neil Balme and Steve Hocking, gave me an opportunity to get back into coaching, and I am grateful for their faith in me.

“West Coast has offered me a great opportunity, and while I’m excited to head to the Eagles, I will miss the Geelong Football Club.”

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Knights, who played 279 games with Richmond and spent three years as coach of Essendon between 2008-10, will take on a similar role with the Eagles.

“Matthew has played a significant role in our coaching group over his ten years at the club,” Geelong football boss Simon Lloyd said.

“His work with our VFL team was exceptional, and he has done a great job with our midfielders in the AFL program.

“Matthew has established fantastic relationships at the club, and no doubt these will remain as he continues his footballing journey.

“He has a really good opportunity at the Eagles, and we wish he, Caz, and his family well.”

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