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Collingwood appoint Luke Ball to coach selection panel

Collingwood have appointed Luke Ball to the sub-committee to select their next senior coach.

The 37-year-old joins Collingwood chief executive Mark Anderson, general manager of football Graham Wright, football director Paul Licuria and board member Peter Murphy on the sub-committee.

Luke Ball has joined the Pies’ sub-committee.

Luke Ball has joined the Pies’ sub-committee.Credit:Sebastian Costanzo

Ball’s appointment finalises the sub-committee for the Pies, who are on the hunt for a new coach after parting ways with Nathan Buckley earlier this month.

Robert Harvey is acting as interim coach for the remainder of the season.

“Luke is an outstanding football person, someone all in the game respect for his great character and acumen. His perspectives and abilities will be a certain asset as we embark on the process of seeking our next senior AFL coach,” Anderson said.

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Ball was a premiership player in 2010 with the Pies as part of his 14 year, 223-game playing career. He retired at the end of the 2014 season.

He served as president of the AFL Players Association for three years, spent two years working inside the AFL football operations department and a further three years with Essendon as manager of people and performance.

Collingwood have been dealing with off-field drama this season, with members collecting signatures to force a spill of the current board, and Jeff Browne announcing his intention to challenge for the presidency.

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