Four-time premiership mastermind coach Kevin Sheedy is planning a return to the hot seat.
Sheedy, an Australian Football Hall of Fame Legend who last coached at AFL level in 2013, is planning to take a star-studded team to the other side of the world in a bid to promote the sport to new audiences.
The team is set to include champions of the game, including the recently retired Isaac Smith and North Melbourne legend Brent Harvey.
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Smith only retired at the end of last year after playing in four premierships (three with Hawthorn and one with Geelong).
He won the Norm Smith Medal (best on ground in a grand final) for the Cats in their 2022 triumph over Sydney.
Harvey retired at the end of 2016 and still holds the record for the most AFL games played (432).
Kevin Sheedy coached the Bombers to four flags. Credit: Getty Images
Sheedy’s plan is to play games in an open age masters competition in Croatia and Bali, and the team will be called the Southern Slugs.
The trip is likely to be after the AFL season has finished, possibly in October or November.
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“The proposal is that they would like me to help coach over there,” Sheedy said.
“I think it’s important that we help the coaches in other countries, I have done that in London for the BAFL, British AFL, did it in Toronto and the USA.
“I think it’s important that we keep looking to develop our game and our coaches.
“I still have to look at the dates of those trips but Croatia is definitely the one I am interested in because Croatia has produced some very good players at AFL level.”
Sheedy is one of the most famous figures in AFL/VFL history after playing in three flags for Richmond and coaching Essendon to four flags.
He had an amazing stint at Essendon, coaching them from 1981 to 2007.
He was then called back to the coaching scene to lead the GWS Giants through that club’s formative years when they were joined the league in 2012.
Sheedy has always been seen as a visionary.
He is widely credited for creating the annual Dreamtime at the ‘G clash between Richmond and Essendon and also turning the Anzac Day game into a blockbuster battle between Essendon and Collingwood.