Sport AFL GWS hire cricketer Katich as AFL mentor

GWS hire cricketer Katich as AFL mentor

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Greater Western Sydney have called in former Test cricketer Simon Katich to mentor the fledgling AFL club’s players and leadership group.

Katich has been appointed the Giants’ new player development co-ordinator to oversee a range of programs and help select and develop the team’s leadership group.

The 38-year-old, who played 56 Test matches for Australia between 2001 and 2010, will start the role on a part-time basis but will become full-time from February once he finishes his Big Bash commitments with the Perth Scorchers.

Giants chief executive David Matthews said Katich would be a great asset for the young club.

“We are building a strong, team oriented culture throughout the club. Simon knows what it takes to win and he also knows how important it is to build a good culture and be part of a team,” Matthews said in a statement.

Katich met the players at the start of last season when he addressed the team along with former Test skipper Steve Waugh and has previously mentored GWS youngster Stephen Coniglio.

He said he was excited by the new opportunity.

“I am a passionate AFL person and with my cricket playing career coming towards a close, it is timely to pursue my management career,” Katich said.