Bolton back to Hawks

August 29, 2019 5:15 pm in by
Former Carlton coach Brendon Bolton. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

FORMER Carlton AFL coach Brendon Bolton has joined Melbourne rivals Hawthorn as director of coaching.

Bolton was sacked in June this year, having coached the Blues in 77 games between 2016 and 2019.

The 40-year-old returns to Hawthorn, where he was an assistant coach from 2009 to 2015.

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“I’m really eager to return to Hawthorn and take on my next challenge,” Bolton said via a statement.

“I return with a wealth of new experiences, learning and knowledge and I’m really excited about the opportunity to help Hawthorn improve.

“My love of football is as strong as ever and the chance to work with the Hawks’ coaching group is something that really excites me.”

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said Bolton, who also coached VFL side Box Hill Hawks in 2008 and 2009, was pleased to have a former adversary on board.

“Bolts is a quality character and we are thrilled to have him back at the Hawks,” Clarkson said.

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“In his time at Hawthorn he displayed a fantastic ability to build strong relationships with the playing and coaching groups.

“His teaching background enables him to excel in assisting people with their development,” he said.

“Bolts has gained invaluable experience and knowledge (as a senior coach) that will help us in taking our coaching group to that next level.”

© AAP 2019