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Darley takes Ammos role

Former North Shore coach Sam Darley has been appointed co-coach of Geelong Amateur (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

SAM Darley will make his return to local football in the AFL Barwon region after being appointed as playing co-coach of Geelong Amateur.

Darley, who coached North Shore in 2018, will join forces with former St Joseph’s reserves coach Daniel Holroyd as the replacement for Kane Tenace, who stepped down from the role in June.

Ammos have confirmed the appointment, which was signed off by the club’s board on Tuesday night, to krockfootball.com.au.

“Both men bring different coaching experiences to the job,” President Simon Farrell said.

“We believe their combination will assist the club in continuing to grow and nurture our youthful talent, whilst also providing our senior teams with a pathway to future success.

An underage draftee by the Greater Western Sydney ahead of the club’s AFL entry in 2012, Darley played 13 AFL matches for the Giants before being traded to the Western Bulldogs at the end of 2013.

In two seasons at Whitten Oval, the 28-year-old made seven appearances.

After being delisted by the Bulldogs, he spent two years as captain of Richmond’s VFL team, leading the Tigers to the 2017 grand final.

It was during his time at Richmond he linked up with North Shore, playing a lone game in 2016.

When Jason Davenport took a role as a development coach with Carlton at the end of 2017, Darley joined the Seagulls permanently as playing coach.

However, he walked away from the role at the end of 2018, returning to home club North Hobart.

Most recently, Darley has been coaching Leeton-Whitton in the Riverina League in Southern NSW.

“As a former AFL player with the Giants and Bulldogs, Sam brings an impressive playing resume,” Farrell said.

“And with his fitness and coaching background, we believe he will provide excellent mentoring and on-field performance.”

Holroyd led St Joseph’s to reserve grade grand final appearances in 2017 and 2019.

“Daniel is ready to take the next step in his coaching career,” Farrell said.

“He will work closely with Sam and other members of the coaching panel focusing on individual development and team cohesion.”

The appointment of Darley and Holroyd leaves BFL club Queenscliff and GDFL trio Bannockburn, North Geelong and Thomson without an appointment for 2022.

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