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AFL draws on coaches and football managers to guide future direction

Footy’s brightest minds will come together to guide the AFL and clubs through the return to play process and assess the future of football departments and the soft cap, and talent pathways.

Premiership coaches John Longmire and Adam Simpson will join AFL footy boss Steve Hocking and experienced football managers Geoff Walsh, Chris Davies, David Noble, Graham Wright and Craig Vozzo to assess the priorities and potential structures to enable football departments to run efficiently with reduced budgets.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and Lions’ coach Chris Fagan will assist Hocking and AFL staff member Patrick Clifton to develop return to play plans as the league works towards being able to inform clubs, subject to government approval, after May 11 on what season 2020 might look like.

AFL Media reported on Friday the working group established to assess talent pathways includes senior coaches Alastair Clarkson, Fagan, Luke Beveridge as well as Lions’ chief executive Greg Swann and AFL staff Andrew Dillon and Tristan Salter.

That group is expected to seek feedback from experienced list managers such as Richmond’s Blair Hartley and Geelong’s Stephen Wells.

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