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“It’s just an unfortunate part of the game that no one really likes and especially the poor people who are in the line of fire at that time.”

Back in Arden Street, Clarkson said the challenge of revitalizing the struggling club for the Kangaroos legends was appealing, with the team having not played in a final since 2016 and winning just nine games in the three recent seasons.

He said he wouldn’t coach the Kangaroos if he didn’t believe he could lead them to a premiership.

“Northern elders like the Bob Ansetts and the Ron Josephs and the Greg Millers and the Dennis Pagans and the former teammates…you know how much that means to those guys,” Clarkson said.

“There’s been a lot of instability at the club over the last four or five years, the Demons have been through it, the Bombers are going through it now, Hawthorn has been through it, all the clubs are going through it.

“We just think it’s just isolated for this club at this time, but every club experiences that.”

Clarkson said moving to Sydney to take up the Giants job wasn’t right for his family, but admitted he was impressed with the club’s home ground.

Riewoldt’s praise for new coach Adam Kingsley

Former St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt says he has learned more about the online game before from new GWS coach Adam Kingsley than any other AFL mentor.

It’s high praise from a man who scored 467 goals before Kinglsey joined the Saints in 2011 as an assistant coach before ending his career with 716 majors.

Riewoldt was one of the voices in a wave of approval when the Giants announced Kingsley had won the role on Monday after a 15-year coaching apprenticeship finally landed him a leadership job.

Nick RiewoldtCredit:Archives

Kingsley will be unveiled as GWS coach on Tuesday, a moment that will continue to please his former protege.

“When I heard the news, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face,” Riewoldt told Fox Sports.

“I am really very happy for Adam, he has had a most remarkable apprenticeship.

“He came to St Kilda at a time when, as a player and a group, (we) needed fresh minds, new voices.

“He taught me more about the forward game and the forward craft than any other coach I had had at any stage.

“For a guy who played mainly in the back pocket and in midfield, I think that says a lot about his ability to see all parts of the game.

“An excellent communicator, an excellent motivator will be able to take on strong challenges and understand what it takes to bring a great team together.”

Collingwood coach Craig McRae was another delighted high-profile figure for Kingsley, having coached with him at Richmond.

McRae has had an equally long wait for a senior role, but if his stellar first season with the Magpies is anything to go by, the Giants could be onto a winner.

“I’m thrilled for ‘Kingers’…he’s had a long apprenticeship, like me, I think 15 years in the system,” McRae told Fox Sports.

“I worked with him for three or four years at Richmond, he’s going to be a huge asset to GWS.

“He’s got a huge footy, a huge footy brain and he’s a strong leader.”


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