Griffith appoint Mick Duncan and Jamie Bennett as assistant coaches to Will Griggs

Mick Duncan

Mick Duncan

Griffith have appointed highly-regarded duo Mick Duncan and Jamie Bennett as assistant coaches to Will Griggs.

The Swans have finalised their coaching structure for the upcoming season with Duncan set to return to the assistant’s role for a sixth year.

Griggs is also pleased to secure Bennett’s help, who will run the bench on game day.

“Jamie’s a bit of a club legend. He’s got the boy’s respect already and he knows what he’s talking about,” Griggs said.

“Mick’s always played an important role as an experienced player, now he just gets the title. Having him there is going to be a bit more important this year, which is good.”

Griggs is entering his first season as senior coach, after serving as senior assistant to Adrian Pavese last year.

The Swans have been quiet over the off-season and will back the club’s youth after failing to land any big recruits.

Jamie Bennett

Jamie Bennett

Griffith will welcome back John Evans from Barellan, while Alex Blissett, James Taylor and Theo Valeri will also return from time off.

They have not given up

The Swans will be without key forward Brent Arho, who won’t travel to play this year, while Jacob Conlan, Ash Verhagen and Jacob Barrington have all moved on.

Griggs is not fazed however and is happy with how everything is coming together.

“Training’s been good. We’ve been going since the middle of November, with a few weeks off for Christmas,” he said.

“Over the next week or two we’ll start on some game sense stuff, and start to tinker with our game plan a bit.”

The Swans will hold their pre-season camp at Borambola on March 23-24 and will play a trial game against East Wagga-Kooringal on the Saturday.

Griffith also reappointed Dean Catanzariti as reserve grade coach, with Trevor Richards to be his assistant. Kris Duncan will take the reins of the under 17s, and will be assisted by Jamie Bennett.


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