Matthew Lappin addressing player during a NEAFL game in 2018. Photo: TJ Yelds/NEAFL.

By JESS WEBSTER

 

Southport has bolstered its coaching ranks for the 2018 NEAFL season with the signings of Matthew Lappin and Aaron Cornelius.

The former AFL duo will assist new head coach Stephen Daniel in a major shake-up to the Sharks coaching structure.

Lappin joined the club at the start of the 2015 season as Head of Development, but did not have his contract renewed at the end of this year. Prior to his time at the Suns, the former St Kilda and Carlton defender spent four years at Collingwood as forwards coach.

Cornelius, 27, will relocate from his home state Tasmania where he has coached Glenorchy in the TSL for the past four years, guiding the club to the 2016 premiership.

A former Brisbane Lions forward, Cornelius is also a NEAFL premiership player after being a part of the Lions’ triumph over Sydney in 2013.

Southport General Manager – Football Operations, Jarrod Field, said the appointments are a major coup for the club.

“It’s fantastic to be able to recruit three quality coaches with significant AFL experience, and an accomplishment for the club,” he said.

Daniel echoed Field’s sentiments and is delighted with his new team.

“I’ve known Matthew for several years and developed a close relationship with him,” he said.

“He’s got a great footy brain and is an asset for the club. Aaron is also quite familiar with NEAFL footy, having played several seasons at the Brisbane Lions.”

 

 

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