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Robert Harvey

Harvey, who played 383 games for St Kilda held positions of development coach (2009) and assistant coach (2010) at the Carlton Football Club before returning to St Kilda as assistant coach ahead of the 2011 season.

He retired in 2008 as one of the most decorated players in the game’s history, having won consecutive Brownlow Medals in 1997 and 1998, the club best and fairest award four times and selection in the All-Australian team eight times.

When he debuted at the age of 16 in 1988, two Collingwood players (Nathan Brown and John McCarthy) Harvey played against in his second last match (the 2008 semi final) were yet to even be born.

Over his 21 year career, he was lauded for his incredible running capacity and his ability to burn off his opponents with his speed and endurance. He became the prototype for the modern midfielder, and was regarded by Nathan Buckley as having set the benchmark for the ability to burst from a pack, evade tacklers and hit his target in space.

After Ross Lyon quit the club in September 2011, Harvey was appointed as St Kilda's interim senior coach. He applied for the full time position, but then-Collingwood assistant Scott Watters was assigned the role.

Harvey joined Collingwood as the midfield coach for season 2012, meaning that even the most experienced midfielders in Dane Swan, Scott Pendlebury and former St Kilda teammate Luke Ball had something new to learn.

He continued as leader of the midfield group in 2013, winning the AFL Coaches Association's Assistant Coach of the Year award.

In 2014, Harvey was elevated to the role of senior assistant coach, a post he remained in until the end of 2016, when he assumed control of the team's backline.

Career Statistics

Playing Career: St Kilda 1988-2008 (383 games, 215 goals).

Honours: Brownlow Medal (1997, 1998), Best and Fairest (1992, 1994, 1997, 1998), 2nd Best and Fairest (2000, 2003), 3rd Best and Fairest (1990, 1993, 1996, 1999), All-Australian (1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003), International Rules Series (1998), State of Origin Victoria Representative (8 games, 4 goals), EJ Whitten Medal (1992, 1993, 1996), AFLPA MVP (1997), Michael Tuck Medal (2004), St Kilda Pre-Season Premiership Side (1996, 2004, 2008), St Kilda Captain (2001-2002).

Coaching Career: Carlton assistant (development and midfield assistant) 2009-2010, St Kilda assistant (midfield) 2011, Collingwood assistant (midfield) 2012-2013, Collingwood assistant (senior) 2014-2016.

Coached By: Darrel Baldock (1988-1989), Ken Sheldon (1990-1993), Stan Alves (1994-1998), Tim Watson (1999-2000), Malcolm Blight (2001), Grant Thomas (2001-2006), Ross Lyon (2007-2008).

Coached With: Darren Harris (2009-2010), Brett Montgomery (2009-2010), Mark Riley (2009-2010), David Teague, (2009-2010), Matthew Capuano (2010), Peter Berbakov (2011), Paul Hudson (2011), Steven King (2011), Adam Kingsley (2011), Ross Lyon (2011), Nathan Buckley (2012-2016), Rodney Eade (2012-2014), Mitch Hahn (2012-2013), Ben Hart (2012-2016), Matthew Lappin (2012-2014), Tarkyn Lockyer (2012-2016), Craig McRae (2012-2015), Anthony Rocca (2012-2016), Dale Tapping (2012-2016), Scott Burns (2014-2016), Steve Grace (2014-2016), Jared Rivers (2016).