Carlton has successfully poached former Hawthorn high-performance manager Andrew Russell.
Russell will take up the role of Director of High Performance at the Blues after a successfully stint at the Hawks, where he was involved in four premierships and is credited with prolonging the careers of Shaun Burgoyne, Luke Hodge, Jaeger O’Meara and Brian Lake.
The opportunity to work with an up-and-coming young list was a key factor behind Russell’s decision to break his contract at Hawthorn and move to Ikon Park.
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“Having observed the club from afar, it’s clear Carlton is committed to sticking to the plan that was set out three years ago under senior coach Brendon Bolton,” Russell told Carlton’s official website.
“As one of the traditional big four clubs, I consider the Blues one of the powerhouses of the competition, especially with their huge supporter base, and I have full confidence in where the club is headed.
“With 10 players renewing their contracts in 2018, there’s no doubt the players have complete faith in the direction of the club and their plans for the future.”
Russell has over 20 years worth of experience working in the AFL industry as a fitness coach, where he was previously involved in Essendon’s premiership in 2000 and Port Adelaide’s flag in 2004.