Geelong assistant coach joins Crows in AFL

AFL wooden-spooners Adelaide have lured James Rahilly from Geelong as an assistant coach.

Power Senior Assistant coach MATTHEW NICKS.
Power Senior Assistant coach MATTHEW NICKS. Picture: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Geelong assistant coach James Rahilly is leaving the AFL runner-ups to join wooden-spooners Adelaide.

Rahilly is departing after a decade at the Cats to be an assistant to the Crows' head coach Matthew Nicks next season.

Nicks will have a new-look batch of assistants with Scott Burns (Hawthorn) and Nathan van Berlo (West Coast) also joining his team.

Nicks' sole remaining member of this year's assistant coaching staff is long-serving ruck coach Matthew Clarke.

The Crows have parted with assistants Ben Hart, Michael Godden - who will take over as coach of the club's state league team from next season - and Brent Reilly, who has returned to a development coach role.

Nicks has appointed a new football and data strategist with Chris Sheedy joining the Crows from Port Adelaide.

Adelaide this year finished last for the first time since the club's 1991 inception.