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Jared Rivers

After a year as a development coach, Jared Rivers has been appointed Collingwood's VFL coach for season 2017.

The former Melbourne and Geelong defender joined the Holden Centre at the end of 2015, overseeing the progress of the club's young defenders in the state league.

Rivers retired from the AFL at the end of 2015 after three seasons with the Cats (44 games) and 10 years with the Demons (150 games).

He coupled his playing career with coaching roles at Xavier College and Geelong's VFL team while also completing the AFLPA's Next Coach Program.

Career Statistics

Playing Career: Melbourne 2003-2012 (150 games, 18 goals); Geelong 2013-2015 (44 games, 0 goals)

Honours: AFL Rising Star 2004; runner-up Melbourne best-and-fairest 2011

Coaching Career: Collingwood Defensive Development Coach 2016.

Coached By: Neale Daniher (2003-2007), Mark Riley (2007), Dean Bailey (2008-2011), Todd Viney (2011), Mark Neeld (2012), Chris Scott (2013-2015)

Coached With: Nathan Buckley (2016), Anthony Rocca (2016), Ben Hart (2016), Robert Harvey (2016), Tarkyn Lockyer (2016), Dale Tapping (2016), Scott Burns (2016), Steve Grace (2016).