Lyon full of praise for Kirk

Sportal August 30, 2012, 8:28 pm
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Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has given a glowing endorsement of Brett Kirk after the former Swan agreed to join the Dockers as an assistant coach.

A 241-game player for Sydney, Kirk had a relationship with Lyon and Dockers' stoppages coach Mark Stone from when they were at the Swans.

Lyon said Kirk was the type of person the club hoped to attract.

"Clearly he's got great footy character, great personal character, and we're thrilled that he'll take up an appointment as an assistant coach and complement our midfield," he said.

"We have a really strong relationship and when he was finishing his football we had lots of conversations about opportunities for Brett.

"I think it's a great opportunity for Brett to come into a really strong organisation that's building and determined to be successful.

"He's been to places and experienced things that a lot of people at this club haven't."

Kirk was a key component in Sydney's 2005 premiership team when they defeated the West Coast Eagles by four points. He retired in 2010.

The 35-year-old has spent the past two years working as an International Ambassador in which he travelled the world with his family spreading the AFL's message.

Kirk has been a part of Seven's 2012 AFL coverage as a boundary rider.

With his own reputation defined by his fearless approach, Kirk will work with one of the AFL's developing midfield groups, including young-gun Nat Fyfe, David Mundy, Clancy Pearce, Michael Barlow and Tendai Mzungu.

Lyon said he could not remember how the formal discussions with Kirk began but insisted he would be an asset to the club.

"In conversations, he's really strong in his head something switched where he wants to coach," Lyon.

"I know he can really help us grow.

"He's been doing leadership with Blue Stone Edge, working at the Gold Coast, flying in."

Kirk had cited burnout as the need for his two-year hiatus from football but said he was now ready to make a return.

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  1. I'LL BE BACK!02:58pm Friday 31st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It is a very smart move by any young coach who has aspirations of success in his chosen career to spend some time at the dorkers so that they can see exactly how not to operate. If they stay too long then they are more than likely to be just another dropkick who will accept second best all the time. You can certainly learn from fleao how not to do things, a quick glance at the trophy cabinet will prove that point.

  2. Jeff10:49am Friday 31st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Kirk was totally overrated as a player - just waltzed around trying to look pretty

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  3. Steve08:04am Friday 31st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    He is a Class Act!! Kirk has an excellent pedigree, was one of the most influential players going around and will be an asset to any club that secures his services. (By the way, I'm an Essendon supporter).

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