The massive cutbacks in AFL club budgets has claimed an important figure in Collingwood’s 2018 rise, with ex-Geelong champion and assistant coach Garry Hocking moved on.
Hocking, who had been slated to coach Collingwood’s VFL team this year before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, was told that he would not be part of the club’s coaching panel for 2021.
The former Cat had worked as an assistant coach at Port Adelaide and with the Collingwood midfielders successfully in 2018 and 2019. He was Collingwood’s VFL coach and helped Brenton Sanderson with the forwards before he was stood down in late March as the virus forced AFL clubs to slash their football departments.
The Magpies, who had lost Justin Longmuir when their 2018-19 defensive coach landed the Fremantle senior coaching gig, opted to stand down Hocking, while keeping their line coaches Robert Harvey (midfield), Sanderson (forwards) and Matthew Boyd (defence) and head of development Hayden Skipworth for the duration of the 2020 season in a pared-back coaching set-up.