Fu­ture play­ers in top hands

The Weekend Post - - News - JOR­DAN GERRANS

AFL Cairns boss Gary Young can’t think of a bet­ter per­son to guide the next gen­er­a­tion of in­dige­nous Far North foot­ballers than Aaron Davey. Davey, known as “Flash’’, en­joyed an im­pres­sive ca­reer with the Mel­bourne Demons span­ning more than 170 games be­fore go­ing on to work for AFL Vic­to­ria as the state’s in­dige­nous pro­grams man­ager. Davey’s role within AFL Cairns, which he started this week, will fo­cus on men­tor­ing in­dige­nous foot­ballers and coach­ing through the ju­nior path­ways.

AFL Cairns boss Gary Young can’t think of a bet­ter per­son to guide the next gen­er­a­tion of in­dige­nous Far North foot­ballers than Aaron Davey.

Davey, known as “Flash’’, en­joyed an im­pres­sive ca­reer with the Mel­bourne Demons span­ning more than 170 games be­fore go­ing on to work for AFL Vic­to­ria as the state’s in­dige­nous pro­grams man­ager.

Davey’s role within AFL Cairns, which he started this week, will fo­cus on men­tor­ing in­dige­nous foot­ballers and coach­ing through the ju­nior path­ways.

“Aaron’s job will be crit­i­cal go­ing for­ward as we have not had some­one work­ing in the in­dige­nous or mul­ti­cul­tural space full-time be­fore within our league,” Young said.

“We have not had a chance to fo­cus on the sec­tors of our play­ing group and that is some­thing we want to do.

“With Aaron, I do not think you can get a bet­ter men­tor or role model for all the in­dige­nous play­ers. Across AFL Cairns, a min­i­mum of a third of our play­ing groups are in­dige­nous.”

Davey will coach Cairns City Lions for the next two sea­sons.

There will be light at the club un­der an LNP govern­ment with can­di­date Michael Trout mark­ing up a $300,000 fund­ing pledge. The fund­ing was an­nounced at the club’s grounds at Hol­loways Beach on Thurs­day.

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

MEN­TOR: For­mer AFL player, now AFL Cairns foot­ball de­vel­op­ment man­ager Aaron Davey will coach Cairns City Lions.

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