Pyke joins Swans coaching ranks

14 October 2020 20:21:04 GMTPlus11

Sydney Swans have confirmed former Adelaide head coach Don Pyke will take up an assistant coaching role with the club from next month.

The 51-year-old spent four seasons with the Crows, picking up 53 wins, one draw and 34 losses, and guided them to the 2017 grand final before losing to Richmond.

However things went downhill following that loss to the Tigers and after missing out on finals for the next two seasons, Pyke resigned from his position last year.

Pyke said at the time he would return to the game in some capacity in the future and he has now taken up an offer to work with the Swans.

The exact role he will play has yet to be revealed, but he will work under head coach John Longmire and the Swans are delighted to have him.

Swans football boss Charlie Gardiner says the experience Pyke will bring to the club will be crucial for the season ahead.

"We're excited to be able to bring in a coach of Don's calibre," Gardiner said. "He brings with him a wealth of experience, is strategically minded and is passionate about developing players to be part of successful teams.

"We think Don is a great addition to our coaching panel, as we look to continue the development of our young team. We look forward to welcoming Don and his wife Jodie to Sydney."

The Swans are a coach down for next season after Steve Johnson elected to return to Greater Western Sydney, so Pyke will also help fill the void by his departure.

Meanwhile, Brisbane are 87/100 to beat Geelong in Saturday's Final Series clash, with the Cats 97/100.

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