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McGlynn takes St Kilda AFL coaching role

AAP logoAAP 22/10/2016

Former Sydney small forward Ben McGlynn will move into a coaching role with St Kilda, weeks after announcing his AFL retirement.

McGlynn will serve as an assistant to senior coach Alan Richardson as the Saints look to improve upon their 9th-placed finish this year.

"We are really excited to have Ben join the Saints," St Kilda football boss Jamie Cox said on Saturday.

"Obviously he was a highly skilled and experienced player, and he has a genuine love and interest in coaching and developing young talent.

"His AFL experience and knowledge of the modern game will be invaluable to the younger players under his tutelage."

McGlynn, who is currently overseas, will commence the role next month.

"I've had some exposure to coaching, so I feel like the development role is a great fit for me and I'm looking forward to working with the younger boys," he said.

"It's going to be a big challenge, which I'm really excited to take on."

The 31-year-old, who started his 171-game career at Hawthorn, called time after the Swans' grand final loss to the Western Bulldogs.

It was the latest in a string of finals disappointments for McGlynn, who never managed to play in a premiership side.

He missed out on Hawthorn's 2008 premiership because of injury before moving to Sydney, where a torn hamstring prevented him from playing in the Swans' 2012 grand final triumph.

The 172cm goalsneak went on to play in Sydney's losing grand final sides in 2014 and 2016.

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