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Fremantle add premiership trio to coaching group

Fremantle has added premiership players David Hale, Brent Guerra and Anthony Rock to its coaching group for season 2016.

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said the highly regarded trio would bring a wealth of football experience and knowledge to the club.

“David, Brent and Anthony each have key football and coaching qualities, and will be valuable additions to our club,” he said.

“They have decades of experience at the game’s most elite level and we look forward to them joining our coaching team and the valuable input they will have at the club.”

Hale, who recently retired after his third premiership with Hawthorn, said he was excited to head straight into a coaching role after 237 AFL games with the Hawks and North Melbourne.

“Fremantle have a very talented list and experienced coaching group which I’m looking forward to being part of,” he said.

Guerra, a two-time premiership player at Hawthorn, has had a number of coaching roles since he retired in 2013 after 255 games with the Hawks, Port Adelaide and St Kilda.

“To work alongside Ross Lyon and the other coaches is an exciting opportunity and challenge,” he said.

Rock has spent more than a decade coaching at AFL, VFL and TAC level.

He was part of North Melbourne’s 1996 premiership team and played 222 games for the Kangaroos and Hawthorn.

“I enjoy watching the young players develop and can’t wait to join Fremantle in the next chapter of my coaching career,” he said.

The trio will replace former assistant coaches Simon Lloyd and Brett Kirk who departed the club following this year’s finals series.

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