Mansfield Courier

Geelong about to reappoint Scott

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GEELONG will re-sign Chris Scott for another two seasons, meaning he will become the AFL club’s longest-serving coach.

The new deal will secure Scott through to the end of the 2024 season.

There had been speculatio­n about his tenure at the Cats following last month’s preliminar­y final thrashing from premiers Melbourne.

After Scott started his AFL senior coaching career by leading the Cats to the 2011 premiershi­p, they have played in another nine finals series for only one grand final appearance.

While Scott is staying, he will oversee a new-look Geelong coaching panel.

Assistants Matthew Knights, Matthew Scarlett and Corey Enright have all left since the end of the season.

Three-time Geelong premiershi­p player James Kelly is returning to the club as an assistant, while newly retired Indigenous great Eddie Betts will move to the Cats in a developmen­t coaching role.

Steve Hocking has started as Geelong’s new chief executive, while Craig Drummond also took over as president earlier this year.

Reg Hickey, who coached Geelong to three premiershi­ps, holds the club record of 304 games and Scott is on 261, one more than his predecesso­r Mark Thompson.

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