Hawks announce new head of football

11 February 2021 19:27:36 GMTPlus11

Hawthorn have announced that Rob McCartney is their new full-time head of football following the departure of Graham Wright.

The position became vacant after Wright opted to make the switch to AFL rivals Collingwood last month, and the Hawks have taken their time to weigh up all options.

However they have now decided to appoint from within with McCartney, who was initially given the role on an interim basis, given the job full-time.

McCartney has been with Hawthorn since 2014 and the powers that be are convinced he is the right man for the job.

"Rob's proven experience in leading the strategic direction of an organisation, combined with his intimate knowledge of our club made it impossible to look past him for the position," Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves said in a statement.

"He is a wise and intelligent leader with a fantastic ability to inspire teams and people, and we are proud to be able to promote from within for such an integral position at our club.

"Having been GM – Football Operations and most recently Acting Head of Football, Rob has done an amazing apprenticeship that has given him the foundations to hit the ground running in this role.

"He presented an incredibly strong vision for the future of our football program and we feel that his expertise and character place him perfectly to lead our football department in achieving that vision. 

"The process that led to Rob's appointment was extensive and attracted a broad range of experienced candidates from various backgrounds.

"It is testament to Rob and his capabilities that amongst an incredibly strong field of candidates it was a unanimous decision that he was the right person for the job."

The Hawks are priced at 60/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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