Former St Kilda utility Justin Koschitzke has taken up a part-time consultancy coaching role with Gold Coast.
The 36-year-old, who now resides in Byron Bay with his family, has been entrusted to work with the Suns’ young key position prospects throughout the year.
Koschitzke will mentor prized draft duo Jack Lukosius and Ben King, as well as emerging young forward Peter Wright.
“It’s obviously a young list with some emerging key forwards and ruckmen so I’m just spending some one-on-one time with them on the training track and outside,” Koschitzke told goldcoastfc.com.au.
“Whether it’s getting a coffee with them, doing a bit of mentoring or speaking about life.
“I’m doing some marking drills and leading patterns and some of the old stuff that I used to get up to (at training).
“It’s been great, they’re a great bunch of kids, really enthusiastic, respectable and approachable so it’s a great role.
“It’s really enjoyable to share some of that with some emerging talent and see them try to emulate the message you’re passing on.”
Koschitzke played 200 games and booted 247 goals in a 13-year career with the Saints, playing in three Grand Finals and winning the AFL Rising Star award in 2001.