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Jeremy Laidler

A settling influence down back over four years with the Sydney Swans, Jeremy Laidler now takes the helm of the NEAFL Swans for the 2018 season.

Laidler, who played 87 career games with three clubs, was appointed as development coach alongside Tadhg Kennelly after retiring at the end of 2017 and brings with him a mature outlook having to work hard for his senior games over his 11 years as a player at Geelong, Carlton and Sydney.

Drafted by the Cats with Pick 32 in the 2008 Rookie Draft, Laidler got a solid grounding playing alonside some of the best in the business in Matthew Scarlett and Darren Milburn but that also meant senior opportunities were few and far between.

He was traded to the Blues at the end of 2010, playing a solid 19 games in his first season as a under coach Brett Ratten, before injury struck. He's play only five games over the next two years.

An opportunity to the join the Sydney Swans' backline presented itself and Laidler swooped, joining the footy club as a delisted free agent in the 2014 off-season.

There, Laidler became a regular contributor and played an integral part in what would become the league's best defence in recent seasons.

He played three senior games in his final season, taking the NEAFL Swans' young defence under his wing. It was during this time Laidler's skills as a leader was brought to the forefront and led to him joining the development ranks.