Collingwood’s overhaul of their coaching structure around Nathan Buckley has advanced with retired Western Bulldogs champion Matthew Boyd joining the Magpies.
Boyd is the first new appointment to the Magpies’ coaching panel, joining a revamped development program which was identified to have been under-resourced and to have under-performed this year.
Boyd will be a development coach along with Brad Gotch and Jared Rivers, operating under Tarkyn Lockyer as the head of development.
With assistant coach Scott Burns having already chosen to move to join Alastair Clarkson’s coaching panel at Hawthorn, the Magpies are poised to make at least one and probably two more assistant coaching appointments.
Football director Geoff Walsh’s review of the football department recommended the reappointment of Buckley as senior coach within a restructured football department.
High performance manager Bill Davoren has been moved on from the club with a replacement yet to be confirmed.
The 35-year-old Boyd retired at the end of the season and spoke with several clubs about a coaching role. The three-time All-Australian played 292 games and captained the Bulldogs from 2011 to 2013. He also won three club best-and-fairest awards.
“These are all qualities we want to impart on our younger players coming through.
“To have fought his way onto a rookie list and end up with close to 300 AFL games and a premiership shows a huge appetite for continued personal growth and development and we think those attributes will really strengthen our academy program.”
The appointment came a day after the Magpies confirmed that American Mason Cox had recommitted for three years.
The ruckman, who has returned to the US on holidays after putting pen to paper, is presently able to live and work in Australia on a 457 visa. He is expected to be able to apply for permanent residency next year.