North Melbourne is looking for a new coach after a different run with Rice Shaw.
- Rice Shaw took a leave of absence from the club last week for personal reasons
- Shaw, 39, took over as North Melbourne coach in 2019
- Shaw played 237 games for Collingwood and Sydney during his AFL career.
The club says Shaw has resigned, effectively following a “mutual decision”.
“I am just happy to be free [club] “As a senior coach, I valued it,” Shaw said in a statement.
The 39-year-old took over as mid-2019 coach, but struggled this year as the Kangaroos won just three matches.
He was on indefinite leave of the club for personal reasons before today’s announcement.
“Despite last year’s challenges, my passion for football remains,” he said.
Shaw’s personal struggles have been an open secret in AFL circles for the past few weeks, but he thanked the media for “showing them care and respect during this time.”
Kangaroos chairman Ben Buckley said Shaw had made significant contributions to the club.
“He has been an unparalleled leader and a man of the highest integrity. His work ethic is unparalleled and we are truly grateful for the time, effort and strength he has put into this role.”
Buckley said the club was already working on the possibility of Shaw’s replacement in light of his recent problems.
“We will set up a coaching panel with a simple objective: to identify and appoint the best coaches available,” he said.
Shaw’s departure has added to the already troubled off-season at Arden St., which has seen 11 players listed, while high-profile players Shaun Higgins and Ben Braun are also expected to leave. Is.
However, Buckley insisted that Shaw’s place would be the legacy of a talented young man.
“We will move to the draft with two first-round picks [currently 2 and 9] And will try to connect more young talent through business and free agency periods. “