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The Fremantle Football Club today confirmed the appointment of Justin Longmuir as its new senior coach.
Longmuir, 38, will lead Fremantle for at least the next three-years.
The number 2 draft pick in the 1998 National Draft returns to Fremantle after playing 139 games for the club between 1999 and 2007, with his playing career cut short at 26-years of age by a degenerative knee injury.
A 10-year apprenticeship that led to Longmuir becoming the club’s sixth permanent coach in its 25-year history, includes senior assistant, assistant and development coaching roles at Fremantle (2010), West Coast (2011-2017) and more recently at Collingwood (2018-2019).
Longmuir said he was honoured to be afforded the privilege of coaching the club where his AFL playing career began two decades ago.
“It means everything to me to coach Fremantle,” Longmuir said.
“Fremantle gave me my first opportunity to play in the AFL, and for that I’m extremely grateful.
“I left the club knowing there was unfinished business here and I’ve returned determined to repay the faith that the club has again shown in me.
“I’m excited to get to work and get to know everyone around the club. It’s obviously changed a lot since I left but I’m genuinely excited to be back.”
President Dale Alcock said the club was delighted to have Longmuir back in the fold at Fremantle.
“We are delighted, after what was a thorough, considered and comprehensive selection process, to have secured a person of Justin’s calibre and capability as senior coach of the Fremantle Dockers,” Alcock said.
“Given the high quality of the final candidates we were very particular to ensure we made a very considered decision.
“The selection panel was of the firm belief that Justin was the stand out candidate, with his playing and extensive coaching experience at three clubs, leaving him primed to take on the role as Fremantle’s senior coach.
“Justin stood out for us as someone who has been preparing for this role for the past 10 years.
“He’s had a successful career at both West Coast and at Collingwood more recently, and he knows what’s required to win and what’s required for sustained success.
“Justin not only has a great knowledge of the game but, most importantly, as a person he is someone who is absolutely genuine and driven to get our players to be the best that they can be.
“And if our players can be the best that they can be that makes for a really bright future for the Fremantle Football Club.
“With the reinvigoration and enthusiasm Justin will bring to the playing group combined with a fit and available list, we will head in to the 2020 season without any limit on what is possible.
“On behalf of the board, staff, players, members and supporters, we welcome Justin and his family back to Fremantle and look forward to exciting times ahead together.”