Tadhg Kennelly joins Syndey Swans in new coaching role
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.