AFL legend hopes to forge path for new Indigenous coaches

The Melbourne Demons will welcome a legend into their coaching fold five years after his retirement.

Aaron Davey will join the Demons’ training group in Maroochydore in late January as a trainee coach to learn about the club’s methods.

Just three Indigenous Australians hold a coaching position in the AFL and Davey is hoping he can help forge a path for other Indigenous athletes after their careers’ end.

“Three’s obviously not a great number, but it’s a really good starting point,” Davey told

Fremantle’s Roger Hayden, West Coast’s Chance Batemand and Richmond’s Xavier Clarke are the current Indigenous coaches in the league.

“Xavier’s obviously proven at NEAFL level as a premiership coach for NT Thunder, so he’s got massive aspirations,” Davey said.

“I got my level two accreditation at the back end of my career and a development role would have been ideal, but it wasn’t to be.”

The 35-year-old will spend some time under the wing of head coach Simon Goodwin in a bid to forge a coaching career.

Davey was hoping to join a club in a coaching capacity after his retirement in 2013 but couldn’t find an opportunity at the time.

He is working as AFL Cairns’ football development manager and is hoping his time with the Demons at their pre-season training camp will provide the necessary experience to find a full-time job as a coach.

By Keiran Deck

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