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Dean Cox

Dean Cox joined the Sydney Swans coaching panel at the end of 2017 following a playing and coaching career spanning 17 years in his home state of Western Australia.

The 204cm big man redefined rucking in the modern game over his 280 matches and 14 seasons with West Coast.

Many talk about Chris Judd, Ben Cousins and Daniel Kerr when referring to the formiddable Eagles midfield of the early-to-mid 2000s but Cox was widerly regarded as "a fifth midfielder" within that star-studded group the way he dominated around the ground as much as in the air.

After retiring in 2014, Cox held the AFL record for the most hitouts (6,628) of any other player - until Aaron Sandilands took over that mantle - while his mobility and athleticism allowed him to find plenty of the footy and be damaging in front of goal.

His honour roll extends to a premiership (2006), a club best and fairest award (2008) and six All-Australian honours (2005-08, 2010-11).

In his final year as a player, Cox held a position as a part-time ruck coach at the Eagles before moving into the role full-time for the past three seasons.