Friday 20 April 2018

Tadhg Kennelly joins Syndey Swans in new coaching role

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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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