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Dean Cox

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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 204-centimetre 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 formidable West Coast midfield of the early-to-mid 2000s, but Cox was widely regarded as ‘a fifth midfielder’ within that star-studded group, with the towering Eagle dominating around the ground and in the air.

After retiring in 2014, Cox held the AFL record for most hit-outs (6,628) of any other player – until Aaron Sandilands took over that mantle – while his athleticism allowed him to find plenty of the footy and impact on the scoreboard.

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 three seasons.