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Paul Roos - Senior Coach

One of the game’s greatest figures, Paul Roos was appointed Melbourne coach on September 6, 2013.

He signed on for the 2014-15 seasons, with an option for 2016.

Roos is the 30th person to coach Melbourne since it became a foundation VFL/AFL club in 1897. He replaced Neil Craig at the end of the 2013 season, who was interim coach, following the mid-season departure of Mark Neeld.

Roos, who played 356 VFL/AFL matches (269 with Fitzroy and 87 with Sydney) from 1982-98, later coached the Swans from 2002-10. There, he guided the club to the 2005 flag – a thrilling four-point win and its first in 72 years – breaking the longest premiership drought in VFL/AFL history.

He coached the Swans to seven finals series from eight full seasons, including six in a row from 2003-08. (It equaled the club’s best effort from 2009-14, although it had four coaches during that period: Charlie Ricketts, Bill Thomas, Harvey Kelly and Vic Belcher.) Roos also led Sydney to the 2005-06 Grand Finals, with his team losing the ’06 clash by just the narrowest of margins.

Roos coached the Swans in 202 matches – the most in their club’s history, before stepping down from the post, where he handed over the duties to former assistant and now incumbent, John Longmire.

Melbourne’s acquisition of Roos was monumental, given he had been on the radar of several AFL clubs since stepping down at the end of 2010. He is widely regarded as one of the finest coaches of the modern era.

His legacy at the Swans – to oversee the building of a club and produce sustained success – has remained today under Longmire, who guided Sydney to the 2012 premiership.

As a player Roos, remains one of the all-time greats. Only 10 players have featured in more VFL/AFL games. In his prime, he was regarded by many as the best footballer in the game.

A member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame and named in Fitzroy’s team of the century, Roos was originally recruited from Beverley Hills in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs, before making his VFL/AFL debut in 1982.

He started his career as a winger, but soon blossomed into one of the finest ‘swingmen’ the game has seen, able to play in a key post at either end of the ground.

By his fourth season, in 1985, Roos ran third in the Brownlow Medal. He fell one short in 1986, when he finished with 16 votes to Hawthorn’s Robert DiPierdomenico and Sydney’s Greg Williams, who both tied for the medal with 17 votes. Many believed Roos was unlucky not to win the 1986 Brownlow, after he didn’t poll in round 22, but was regarded as Fitzroy’s best player in its win over Sydney.

Roos also played in Fitzroy’s much revered 1986 series. He incredibly played in the 1986 preliminary final with an ankle injury, when many other Lions were injured. It proved to be the club’s last ever final.

But his 1986 was still recognised by the AFLPA, when he was named MVP.

Roos captained Fitzroy from 1988-90 and again in 1992-94. A five-time Fitzroy best and fairest winner (1985-86, 1991-92 and 1994), Roos also finished third in 1987 and 1989. In 1990, he led Fitzroy’s goalkicking.

He was All-Australian seven times (1985, 1987-88, 1991-92 and 1996-97), including captain in 1991-92.

A Victorian representative 14 times, Roos won the inaugural E.J. Whitten Medal in 1985 and again in 1988. He also led the Big V in 1992-93 and represented Australia against Ireland in the International Rules series in 1986-87.

Roos had numerous offers to join opposition clubs during his career and in 1991 he almost went to Collingwood. He opted to stay at Fitzroy and was relieved of the captaincy, before regaining it in 1992.

After a stellar career at the Lions from 1982-94, which included 270 goals, Roos joined the Swans in 1995. He and the game’s greatest goalkicker, Tony Lockett, were a massive coup for the Harbour City and not surprisingly proved outstanding recruits.  

Roos’ running game became a key part of Sydney’s side, along with his leadership and education. He spent the majority of his time in defence and kicked 19 goals.

In 1996, Roos played in Sydney’s Grand Final against North Melbourne. Although the Swans lost by 43 points, Roos was regarded as his side’s best player.

A highly-respected player among opposition fans, Roos was reported just once in his 17-year career – and was found not guilty of abusive language in 1989.

At the start of 1998, he was the oldest and most experienced player in the game and by the time he played his last AFL match for Sydney – in its semi-final loss to Adelaide – he was 35 years old.

After time in the media during 1999-2000, Roos became an assistant coach with Sydney in 2001, under Rodney Eade, who also coached him at the Swans in his playing days.

He took over from Eade during 2002 and did a fine job in 10 matches.

Then Western Bulldogs coach Terry Wallace looked set to coach the Swans in 2003, but ‘people power’ swayed Sydney and Roos was installed as coach. It became a master stroke for the club.

History shows Roos’ contribution to the game has been matched by only a select few and his recruitment to Melbourne looms as one of the club’s biggest moments in the club’s history.

george stone – Midfield and stratergy Coach

George Stone is Melbourne’s midfield and strategy coach and is regarded as one of the AFL’s most respected and experienced football mentors.

Stone, who was an integral part of Hawthorn’s golden era in the 1980s and early 1990s, later became a key component in the Sydney Swans’ drought-breaking premiership in 2005 under Paul Roos. He was also part of John Longmire’s coaching panel for the Swans’ 2012 flag.

In 2013, Stone was rewarded with the lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the game. He is also a life member of Hawthorn and the Sydney Swans.

Stone played more than 200 matches in the VFA (now VFL) with Camberwell, Brunswick and Prahran. He was named in Camberwell’s Team of the Century.

A former under 19s captain of the Hawks, Stone later became an assistant to under 19s coach and former Melbourne player Ray Biffin in 1984. In 1986, Stone worked closely with legendary coach Allan Jeans. He was a runner, specialist coach and selector under Jeans.

Stone also worked under Hawthorn coaches Alan Joyce, Peter Knights, Ken Judge and Peter Schwab.

Stone’s Hawthorn connection took him to the Sydney Swans, where he was a development and forwards coach under four-time premiership player Rodney Eade from 1997-2001.

Throughout his career, Stone worked closely with two of the top three greatest goalkickers, Tony Lockett and Jason Dunstall. He was also credited with much of Irishman Tadhg Kennelly’s development into a premiership player with the Swans in 2005.

After being an assistant coach under Schwab at Hawthorn from 2002-04, Stone returned to the Swans. In 2005, he became an opposition analyst and was later Sydney’s development coach, with Jared Crouch.

He is one of the most experienced football coaches in the game.

ben mathews -  Midfield Coach

Melbourne’s midfield coach, Mathews was the second coach to join Paul Roos at Melbourne, having played under him in the Sydney Swans’ 2005 premiership.

After playing 198 matches and kicking 45 goals for the Sydney Swans from 1997-2008, Mathews became a development coach with the Gold Coast in 2012.

Originally from Corowa-Rutherglen, Mathews developed in the reserves in 1996, before he made his AFL debut against the West Coast Eagles in round 16, 1997.

Mathews’ durability and reliable team play was a feature of his career. From round 16, 1999 to round five, 2006, he made 151 appearances from 154 matches.

After gaining a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination in 1999, Mathews stepped up considerably in 2000, finishing sixth in Sydney’s best and fairest, and in 2001, he finished third.

Mathews was regarded as a courageous and consistent player, and an integral part of Roos’ time as coach in the Harbour City.

daniel mcpherson – Forward Line Coach

McPherson, the former Sydney Swans defender/midfielder, is Melbourne’s forward line coach.

A member of Sydney’s 1996 Grand Final team, McPherson played 111 matches with the Swans from 1994-2003. He was awarded life membership of the Swans in 2003.

Originally from Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong in the Riverina in New South Wales, McPherson played Teal Cup with New South Wales in 1991-92, before he became a much respected team player for the Swans.

In 2004, his first season out of the AFL, McPherson was a playing/assistant coach with North Shore in NSW. He won the Podbury Medal for best on ground in the Sydney Football League Grand Final.

He became coach of the NSW/ACT Rams and was the under 18 state coach in 2005. In 2006, he was assistant coach of the SFL representative team. He was also Essendon’s NSW recruiting coordinator.

In 2007, McPherson became a runner for Paul Roos at the Swans in a part-time position. In 2008, he joined the Swans full-time, working as a development coach with Brett Allison. In 2010, McPherson coached the Swans reserves.

Jade Rawlings – Backline Coach

Rawlings, the club’s backline coach, joined Melbourne in September 2011.

He was the only coach from the Mark Neeld/Neil Craig era to be part of Paul Roos’ coaching panel.

A seasoned coach in his own right, Rawlings joined Melbourne following two seasons under former Brisbane Lions coach Michael Voss.

Before that, Rawlings held the position of interim coach at Richmond, coaching the final 11 games of the 2009 season.

Rawlings was also senior coach at Richmond's VFL affiliate club, the Coburg Tigers, during his tenure.

Originally from Devonport, Rawlings played 148 AFL matches, including 116 for Hawthorn from 1996-2003, 29 for the Western Bulldogs from 2004-05 and three for North Melbourne in 2006.  

In 2003, he finished third in Hawthorn’s best and fairest and represented Australia in the International Rules Series against Ireland.

He led the goalkicking for the Western Bulldogs in 2004.

Brett allison - head of development

Brett Allison, Melbourne’s head of development, was the first coach to join Melbourne following Paul Roos’ appointment as senior coach.

Allison, who played in the 1996 and 1999 flags for the Kangaroos and was a member of the Sydney Swans’ premiership coaching panel in 2005, came to the Demons after being an assistant coach at North Melbourne since 2010.

He was in charge of the forwards at the Roos in 2013.

Allison spent nine years as a development coach with the Swans, where he oversaw the AFL NSW/ACT program and later became the Sydney reserves team.

He played 219 matches with the Kangaroos from 1987-99 and made nine appearances with the Swans in 2000.

Allison, the son of former North Melbourne player Tom (who played 106 matches and kicked 61 goals from 1963-70), was originally recruited from Belconnen in the Australian Capital Territory.

A classy half-forward/forward pocket, Allison was a sharpshooter around goal and excellent at crumbing off the pack.

He played seven State of Origin matches and took one of the greatest ever marks in 1991, when he sprung over Collingwood’s Gavin Crosisca at the MCG.

brad miller – development Coach

Miller rejoined Melbourne as a development coach in September 2013, as part of Paul Roos’ new look coaching panel for 2014.

He played 133 of his 157 matches at the Demons from 2002-10 and added 24 games with Richmond from 2011-12.

Miller was originally drafted from Mt Gravatt (Qld) at No. 55 in the 2001 AFL Draft and made his AFL debut against Fremantle at Patersons Stadium in round eight, 2002.

A tall key position player, who mainly played up forward, but could also play down back, Miller led Melbourne’s goalkicking with 26 goals in 2008.

Miller was widely regarded as Melbourne’s best player in its most recent finals appearance against Fremantle in the 2006 second semi-final loss at Patersons Stadium. He played in four finals with the Demons.

He was highly regarded for his leadership and team oriented play during his 11 AFL seasons.