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Giants to replace McVeigh

  • Giants to replace McVeigh

One team that seems to be lost in all the fall-out from the Essendon finding handed down on Tuesday is the GWS Giants.

The Giants hierachy is currerntly conducting a search to replace assistant coach Mark McVeigh, who was a part of the Essendon supplements program in his final year in 2012. 

McVeigh joined the GWS Giants last season as the club's NEAFL coach, but had taken on the role of a senior assistant coach for the upcoming season, alongside senior coach Leon Cameron.

But now banned by the guilty verdict handed down on Tuesday, McVeigh is unable to fulfill his role at the Giants, at least for the 2016 season.

The Giants are in discussion with the AFL in attempt to keep McVeigh employed at the club in an off-field capacity over the next 11 months, when the ban runs out in November of 2016.

"Mark has been at pains to make clear how supportive the Giants have been which has been a great relief to him," AFL Coaches Association CEO Mark Brayshaw told the AFL website

"He is working out his plan for the time of his suspension and making sure that it complies with all the regulations. 

"It would be fair to say that he has a very positive outlook and wishes to represent himself in 12 months' time as a better coach then than his is now, despite the enforced suspension." 

Former Sydney and Carlton defender Jason Saddington is reported to be the best nomination to take over McVeigh's role of backline coach for 2016. Saddington has been the GWS academy coach and has previously coached the 2014 NAB AFL Under 18 All-Australian Team. 

Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell is an outside chance to take the role after being announced as a part-time leadership coach for next season at the Giants.

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