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Teague back with Blues

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October 05, 2017

David Teague is returning as assistant coach to Carlton, where he won the 2004 best-and-fairest as a player.

Katandra export David Teague has rejoined Carlton Football Club as an assistant coach.

Teague, 36, had been in charge of Adelaide’s forward line for the past three seasons and played a significant role in getting the club to this year’s grand final.

Previously, he had positions with St Kilda (2014) and West Coast (2011 to 2013) as a backline coach and was the Northern Bullants’ coach from 2008 to 2010 in the VFL.

The in-demand assistant turned his back on a move to Collingwood in favour of returning to the club he played 50 AFL games for.

Teague told Carlton’s website he was looking forward to returning to the club after a seven-year hiatus.

‘‘It’s great to be back at Carlton. I’ve been impressed by the way in which they’ve gone about their development over the last couple of seasons, so I can’t wait to be involved,’’ Teague said.

‘‘The Blues have a young, exciting list, and I’m thrilled to be working with a group of highly-credentialed, driven coaches in such a dynamic environment.’’

The 2004 John Nicholls medallist, Carlton’s best-and-fairest, retired from AFL at the end of 2007, having also played 33 matches for North Melbourne.

Blues head of football Andrew McKay said the addition of Teague would complement the strong group of assistant and development coaches at Ikon Park.

‘‘David is an outstanding individual with a strong understanding of the modern game. He has done a great job with Adelaide’s forward line over the past three seasons and we look forward to him imparting his knowledge on our group of young players,’’ McKay said.

‘‘We’re rapt that he has chosen to come back to the Blues.’’

Teague played in Corowa-Rutherglen’s 2000 Ovens and Murray league premiership before North Melbourne selected him with pick 57 in the 2001 AFL rookie draft.

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