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Hawks premiership player to take Bulldogs coaching role


Matt Spangher will join the Western Bulldogs as an assistant coach.

Luke Beveridge has gone outside the square to revamp his coaches box, appointing former Hawthorn cult-hero Spangher as a forwards coach for 2022.

Spangher had spent the past two years at Collingwood as the Pies’ AFL engagement and VFL operations manager – the latest stop in a diverse career path post-footy.

Spangher played 56 games at West Coast, Sydney and Hawthorn, becoming a fan favourite at the Hawks where he played in the club’s 2014 premiership. He and Beveridge worked together for two years at the Hawks.

The colourful ex-forward has completed a Bachelor of Business, two master’s degrees and worked in London as a business and account manager.

But he has been lured across the Whitten Oval to help steer a talented Dogs forward line that includes Aaron Naughton, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, Cody Weightman and Josh Bruce.

The Dogs will soon announce their midfield assistant coach for 2022, with Rohan Smith remaining in charge of the backline.

Long-time assistants Steven King (Gold Coast) and Ash Hansen (Carlton) left the club after the Grand Final loss to Melbourne.

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