The Chronicle

Jetta to mentor young Magpies


COLLINGWOO­D’S plan to fast-track the education of its young list has been boosted by the recruitmen­t of former Demon Neville Jetta as a developmen­t coach. It comes as the Magpies remain in the market for a new Head of Academy appointmen­t in the wake of Damian Carroll’s move to St Kilda. Jetta, who retired in the days after Melbourne’s flag success, will work alongside Scott Selwood, who will return to a developmen­t role in 2022.

Jetta, 31, played 159 games with the Demons across 13 seasons, but managed only five matches this season.

He had been courted by several clubs and will have a hands-on role with the Magpies by playing with the club’s VFL side.

His role as a mentor at Melbourne was highlighte­d when young Demon Kysaiah Pickett attempted to put his premiershi­p medal around Jetta’s neck soon after the final siren.

“Neville is someone we identified some time ago. He is widely respected not only for his football but for his work off the field. He is passionate about helping people,” Magpies football boss Graham Wright said.

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