Retired Giant Brett Deledio is set to play with Box Hill
, the former Richmond and Greater Western Sydney star will play for Box Hill Hawks in 2020. He will also work with Hawthorn’s AFL team as a part-time development coach. Moreover, the retired Adelaide defender Andy Otten will also be playing for Box Hill next year. He will further coach part-time for Hawthorn. The Hawthorn football manager Graham Wright said the double announcement was an excellent recruiting coup for both teams.
“It’s great from a Box Hill viewpoint to have a duo of their calibre and knowledge commit in both coaching and playing capacity,” said Wright.
“And from Hawthorn lens, the guys will bring on a fresh perspective and lots of new ideas to the coaching line-up.”
Deledio announced his retirement in 2019, following an unbelievable career that covered 15 years and 275 matches.
Brett Deledio and his Success
The No.1 pick in the 2004 draft, and he built an awesome reputation with the Tigers as a multipurpose midfielder/half-back who knew very well how to hit the scoreboard. After two All Australian match selections and two top and fairest awards, Deledio asked for a trade to GWS where he then played out the last three seasons of his career. The 32-year-old comes with coaching knowledge, after having worked as a development coach for the Giants team’ AFLW club in 2019.
Otten had great fun and enjoyed a 109-game career across 12 seasons with the Crows. The 192cm value was chosen with pick 27 in the 2007 draft. He then quickly made his mark with the runner-up finish in the Rising Star count in his entrance season. After a painful run with an injury, as well as two knee reconstructions, Otten then fought his way back to full fitness and became a mentor role to most of Adelaide’s young players over the past two seasons.
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