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Eddie Betts Biography
Who is Eddie Betts ?
Legendary forward Eddie Betts is expected to join Geelong’s coaching staff after recently finishing his brilliant 350-game AFL career.
Edward Robert Betts Jr is a former Australian rules football player who played for the Carlton and Adelaide Football Clubs in the Australian Football League. Wikipedia
After losing key assistant coaches Matthew Knights, Corey Enright and Matthew Scarlett this offseason, the Cats have landed a genuine coup by securing one of the most influential players of the modern era.
Former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd, brother of Geelong football boss Simon, broke the news on AFL Trade Radio, but the Cats have yet to confirm the appointment.
How old is Eddie Betts ?
He is November 26, 1986 (age 34 years), Port Lincoln, Australia
Legendary small forward Eddie Betts is expected to join Geelong’s coaching staff after recently calling time on his glittering 350-game AFL career
Betts retired in August with 640 goals after 17 seasons with Carlton and Adelaide and is widely recognized as one of the most popular figures in the AFL.
But his impact has not only been felt on the field, in recent years he has been a powerful voice speaking out on racial issues in Australia.
“I don’t feel like [the AFL] is safe [for indigenous players] at this point,” Betts said after his retirement.
“I feel like there is still a lot of racism.”
“This year there has been a lot of racism. It has been exhausting and exhausting.
The 34-year-old has been an important mentor to young players for the past decade in Adelaide, and for the past two years after returning to Carlton, the club that selected him in 2004.
Betts retired in August with 640 goals after 17 seasons with Carlton and Adelaide and is widely recognised
Former Adelaide and Richmond forward Tyson Stengle could earn a third chance in the AFL with the Cats.
“We have some interest in Tyson and he is very lucky to have a man like Eddie in the corner of him,” Geelong’s list manager Stephen Wells told SEN.
Betts is the second Indigenous person to be appointed to a coaching role in as many days after former Melbourne defender Neville Jetta was added to Collingwood’s support staff on Tuesday.
Travis Varcoe, a former Magpies and Geelong star who is now a development coach with the Western Bulldogs, pondered last month why there weren’t more indigenous coaches in AFL clubs.
In other training news, seasoned Bulldogs assistant Ash Hansen is moving after nine seasons at the Whitten Oval to join Carlton’s new coach, Michael Voss.
Hansen, a top player from the West Coast, coached Footscray to a VFL flag in 2016 and for the past five seasons he has led the Bulldogs forwards in the AFL.
‘(Hansen) has coached his own team to a Premiership in the VFL and achieved impressive results as a line coach – being able to attract someone of his quality, skills and experience to our football club is another important step forward,’ Blues said football boss Brad Lloyd.
Eddie Betts Quick and Facts
- Legendary small forward Eddie Betts expected to join Geelong’s coaching staff
- Former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd broke the news on AFL Trade Radio
- Betts retired in August with 640 goals after 17 seasons with Carlton and Adelaide
- Afterwards Betts said he didn’t feel like the AFL was safe for indigenous players