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Brenton Sanderson

A fine footballer whose career journey saw him play 209 games for three clubs, Brenton Sanderson will be Collingwood's forward line coach in 2016.

It is something of a homecoming for the 42-year-old, who played four games for the Magpies in 1994.

His football career began with SANFL club Sturt before joining Adelaide in 1992. He debuted as a teenager, playing six games across two seasons before transferring to Victoria Park. It was at Collingwood that Sanderson lived with fellow new recruit Nathan Buckley.

Sanderson crossed to Geelong in 1995, where he became a mainstay in the back pocket and went on to finish his 209-game career with 199 in the blue and white hoops. He played in nine finals, winning the Cats' best-and-fairest in 2001 and representing Australia against Ireland in the International Rules Series.

He also took out Geelong's Best Team and Most Constructive Player Award in 2001, and was named Best Clubman in his final season. He also represented South Australia in the State of Origin in 1994.

In his post-football career, Sanderson moved to Port Adelaide as a development coach. He only spent on year in the role before moving back to the Cattery, where he served as an assistant between 2007 and 2011.

During that time, he played a key role in the '07 and '09 premiership triumphs, and contributed greatly to Geelong's charge to the '11 decider before being selected by Adelaide as it's senior coach for 2012.

In his first season in the top job, Sanderson led the Crows from 14th to third, finishing just six points shy of Hawthorn in the Preliminary Final.

Unfortunately, the Crows failed to reach the heights of 2012 in the two years that followed, with Sanderson leaving the club at the end of the 2014 season.

Since leaving West Lakes, Sanderson has served as coach of the AFL-AIS Academy, where he worked alongside Brad Johnson, Glen Jakovich, Tadhg Kennelly and Brad Ottens in guiding the best young footballers in the country on their journeys to the elite level.

At Collingwood, Sanderson will oversee Collingwood's forward line and ball movement.

Career Statistics

Playing Career: Adelaide 1992-1993 (6 games, 4 goals), Collingwood 1994 (4 games, 1 goal), Geelong 1995-2005 (199 games, 29 goals)

Honours: Geelong best-and-fairest 2001, Geelong best clubman 2005, Geelong best team and most constructive player 2001, State of Origin 1994, International Rules Series 2001

Coaching Career: Port Adelaide development coach 2006, Geelong assistant 2007-2011, Adelaide coach (senior) 2012-2014, AFL National Academy (head coach) 2015-2016

Coached By: Graham Cornes (1992-1993), Leigh Matthews (1994), Gary Ayres (1995-1999), Mark Thompson (2000-2005)

Coached With: Mark Williams (2006), Dean Bailey (2006; 2012-2014), Tony McGuinness (2006), Phil Walsh (2006), Ken Hinkley (2007-2009), Brendan McCartney (2007-2010), Leigh Tudor (2006-2008), Dale Amos (2009-2011), Nigel Lappin (2009-2011), Blake Caracella (2010-2011), James Rahilly (2011), Mark Bickley (2012-2014), Scott Camporeale (2012-2014), Darren Milburn (2012-2014)