Friday 17 November 2017

Tadhg Kennelly joins Syndey Swans in new coaching role

Tadhg Kennelly
Tadhg Kennelly
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former Kerry footballer and AFL star Tadhg Kennelly has taken up a new coaching role with his former club, the Sydney Swans.

Kennelly won a Grand Final with the Swans in 2005 and an All-Ireland with the Kingdom in 2009, and subsequently joined the AFL as their international talent co-ordinator, which saw him hold training camps in Ireland for prospective Aussie rules players.

There was a backlash from his own county after minor star Mark O'Connor joined AFL side Geelong, with Tomás Ó Sé voicing his criticism in the Irish Independent of Kennelly's role in bringing Irish players to Australia.

Kennelly is now taking up a new role in the sport, after the Sydney club announced today that he is joining the team as a development coach.

“Steve Johnson and Tadhg Kennelly will bring new ideas and a fresh perspective whilst Rhyce Shaw’s promotion from NEAFL coach to the senior coaching panel highlights how highly we regard him," Syndey Swan Head of Football Tom Harley said.

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