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Tadhg Kennelly

Premiership defender Tadhg Kennelly returned to the football club as a development coach for season 2018, following several seasons coaching underage representative football.

After calling an end to his playing career in 2011, Kennelly took up a position with the AFL eyeing and recruiting international talent before taking the helm of the NSW/ACT Rams/Allies squads which compete in the U/18 and U/16 National Championships.

He also was an assistant under head coach Alastair Clarkson for the 2014 International Rules Series against Ireland, a handy recruit given his extensive history representing his home nation in the annual test.

A passionate Swans man, Kennelly brings plenty of experience developing talent and will look to add to that as head of the NEAFL Swans alongside cohort Jeremy Laidler.

Kennelly played 197 games from 2001 to 2011 after coming on board as a rookie in 1999.

As raw to the foreign game as they came, Kennelly had a fanatical work ethic plus silky skills and pace which proved a successful combination.

He'd go on to play a crucial role in the Sydney Swans' quest for the 2005 premiership.