Troy Chaplin - Backline Coach

Chaplin has been a part of the Melbourne coaching setup since September 2016, originally serving as the club’s offensive coordinator.

The former key defender played 215 AFL matches from 2004 until 2016, split between Port Adelaide and Richmond.

Under now Melbourne Development Coach Mark Williams, Chaplin made his debut for Port against the Demons in Round 4 of 2004.

Chaplin made just one appearance in his first season, but by 2006 he was a mainstay in the Power line-up and had received a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination.

In 2010, he finished second in Port Adelaide’s best and fairest award, after coming third in 2009.

He crossed to Richmond as a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season, playing 75 games across four years at Punt Road.

During his playing days, Chaplin kept an eye towards a coaching career, honing his craft at Sturt, Oakleigh Chargers in the TAC Cup and assisting with Richmond in his last few months at Punt Rd.

Originally from Maryborough Rovers/North Ballarat, Chaplin was selected by the Power at No.15 in the 2003 NAB AFL Draft.