Kirk takes reins of Freo midfield
Kirk takes reins of Freo midfield

Former Sydney premiership co-captain Brett Kirk will join Fremantle as a midfield coach in 2013, working under his former Sydney assistant coach Ross Lyon and alongside former Swans midfield coach Mark Stone.

Kirk, who played 241 games for the Swans between 1999 and 2010, including 200 consecutive games leading up to his retirement, has spent 2012 as a boundary commentator for Channel 7, following a six-month stint as the AFL's international ambassador in 2011.

Yesterday he said his two-year break had regenerated his passion for the competitive side of the game.

"Football has always been a big part of who I am but I did need a mental break when I retired," Kirk said.

"Having two years away from the game allowed me to see footy from a different angle, but it did make me realise my strong desire to coach.

"I'm really excited to be joining the Fremantle Football Club. I can't wait to go on another journey with a group of people driven to get the best out of themselves.

"I have respect for Ross Lyon and the way the Dockers are playing and I look forward to contributing once they finish their finals campaign."

Kirk is expected to join Fremantle at the start of a pre-season training campaign in November.

The Dockers were forced to shuffle their assistant coaches on the eve of the season when Todd Curley quit, pushing Roger Hayden into a defensive coaching role.

Stone's specialty is stoppage work and Kirk is expected to have a broader midfield focus.

Fremantle football manager Chris Bond said Kirk's appointment was pleasing for the club.

"Brett's experience and knowledge as a player will hold him in good stead and we believe he'll become a valuable member of our coaching team," Bond said.

Meanwhile, Fremantle veteran Adam McPhee looks set to play in Saturday night's match against Melbourne at Patersons Stadium after moving well at a light training session yesterday.

McPhee suffered a heavy knock to the head in last Sunday's win against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

He did some running and light ball work after being a late appearance on the track.

But ruckman-forward Kepler Bradley, subbed out of the North game after two heavy head knocks, missed yesterday morning's session.

Skipper Matthew Pavlich was also absent, still battling adductor soreness.

Ruckman Aaron Sandilands ran laps.

The West Australian

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