The East Coast Eagles have signed highly respected coach Lindsay Scown for the 2018 AFL Sydney competition and beyond.
Scown originally played and coached AFL in Victoria and brings plenty of experience to the club.
After playing and coaching at the Premier Division level for the last two seasons with the Western Suburbs Magpies, Scown said he was excited for the move.
“I am passionate about good footy and creating a high performance culture as a foundation for skills and talent,” he said.
“If we have a strong attitude and culture, combined with the talent already at the club and the history of success, we will be aiming for success again next year.”
Scown takes over from 2017 club coach Jamie Vlatko, who stepped down from the role to focus on his young family, although he will look to return to the field in coming seasons.
Originally from Geelong, Scown played more than 10 seasons in the Geelong Football League and won two best and fairest medals at the North Shore Football Club.
He also represented the league at representative level.
Since arriving in Sydney, Scown has also been part of the AFL Sydney representative coaching structure.
He looks forward to helping to club to renewed success.
“I will be focusing on building on the great work already in place to strengthen our junior and development squads to create a sustainable pipeline of talent through to senior football and embedding a strong, committed culture of high performance from our Premier team down,” he said.
Eagles club president Jon Gawley said the club was excited by the announcement.
“Lindsay is a highly regarded and respected coach within Sydney football,” he said. “Our club is very pleased to secure Lindsay for the next few years. He will bring a new hunger to the club and I am aware the playing list are really excited by his appointment.”