Shepparton News

Hickmott lands at Hawks


- Adrian HIckmott

AFL outfit Hawthorn will have a throng of supporters from the Goulburn Valley next season after its recent coaching line-up announceme­nt.

Last week it was revealed the Hawks secured the services of former Shepparton and Rumbalara coach Adrian Hickmott for next season.

Hickmott joins the club as an assistant coach after he spent 10 years at West Coast in its coaching ranks.

The former Carlton and Geelong player held a number of roles at the Eagles, including being the club’s contested ball co-ordinator during its premiershi­p success in 2018.

Hickmott coached the Bears in 2004 and 2005 — followed by a stint at Rumba — after his stellar AFL career came to an end in 2003.

His shift to the Hawks will have him link up with a familiar face.

Former Bears director of coaching Rob McCartney is head of football at Hawthorn.

McCartney — who coached Numurkah to back-to-back premiershi­ps in 1999 and 2000 and coached Tatura in 2003 — was rubber stamped as head of football earlier this year.

McCartney said Hickmott’s classy coaching attributes were an integral addition to the rebuilding Hawks.

“Adrian has a wealth of coaching knowledge, including working as part of the Eagles’ premiershi­p coaching team in 2018,” McCartney said.

“He is a highly accomplish­ed coach, with a proven ability to develop and nurture young talent which will be pivotal as our club continues to transition through this stage of on-field growth.”

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