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Ratten joins Hawthorn

Sportal October 5, 2012, 5:17 pm
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Hawthorn have moved to replace departed assistant Leon Cameron, employing sacked Carlton coach Brett Ratten as their new assistant coach at Waverley Park.

Ratten was axed by the Blues prior to their Round 23 clash with St Kilda, but finished the season at the club at which he spent a collective two decades - 255 games as a player and 116 as coach.

But the Blues' decision - and Ratten's choice to turn down an offer to take the vacant Port Adelaide job - was Hawthorn's gain, as they lapped up the 41-year-old's services as they attempt to go one better in 2013.

Ratten fills the void left by Cameron, who has sewed up his coaching future with a move to Greater Western Sydney where he will serve as an assistant to Kevin Sheedy in 2013, before assuming the senior job the following year.

But Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson was pleased with the calibre of Cameron's replacement.

"Brett is an excellent addition to our coaching line-up and will bring a great deal of experience and coaching nous to our club," Clarkson said on the Hawks' official website.

"He has impressive credentials as a coach and is a quality person, and I'm sure he will complement our team of coaches well."

Ratten said he was thrilled to be making the move to the Ricoh Centre, and will begin his stint there in November.

"It's an honour to join the club and I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with Alastair and the other assistant coaches," Ratten said.

"I really respect how they play the game and I see this as a great opportunity for me and one I'm really looking forward to," he said.

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  1. Imacarltonidiot07:45pm Saturday 06th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I thought rattan coached Carlton. How dumb am I

  2. underarm_bowler07:00pm Saturday 06th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Given you age old blue bag the day rattan might coach the pies is not a day you will ever see, let alone the blue girls winning another flag

  3. Brad02:59am Saturday 06th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    the man cant coach we all know that #$%$ judd ran the show

  4. jono08:49pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    agree dave's 43 on Lynch. he plays 1 good game every 5 goodbye good riddance to a player who turns 30 before the start of next season. welcome him with open arms pies fans hahaha

  5. underarm_bowler08:38pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Interesting post there dave. Two players have left but ALL are jumping ship. Cloak doesn't go to Carlton so now he's overpaid. Lynch is a 2012 finals player yet you go back two years to asses his form. What we do know is all the pies that do leave seemed to get swept up by Carlton, e.g. McKenna, mcguane Williams , brown, Richardson Scotland malthouse, and the list goes on. What else do we know? That Collingwood doesn't take any ex Carlton people. Wonder why that is? Indulge us your phylosofical response.

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  6. Jazzer07:53pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Gee Dave's 43 is 43 your i.q.?

  7. Imacarltonidiot07:49pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Does anyone know when cloak is coming to Carlton. While we are at it who is Carlton playing this week

  8. Dave's 4307:47pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Congrats Ratts...... Better the Hawks than the Maggot pies.... The pies are all jumping ship !,,Dawes ,, Wellingham,,,, over paid Cloak sqeezed him out,,,,, not good....still no ruck man undie arm.... As for Lynch,,,man he is a shocker. Was playing WAFL all year in the Weagles wooden spoon year...

  9. Imacarltonidiot07:44pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You mean to tell me he's not coaching Carlton. Well how dumb am I

  10. Moggy Don07:28pm Friday 05th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Is Ratten a new footbal team ?