Respected football analyst John Wardrop will join the West Coast Eagles as Head of Game Analysis and Opposition Strategy for the 2016 season.
Wardrop, who was a forward scout with the club in the 1990s and spent eight years at Collingwood, is better known for his role as opposition analyst at Hawthorn, where he played an important role in four premierships at the club.
He fulfilled that role when the Hawks won in 2008 and has been central to their last three premierships, including last Saturdayâ€™s defeat of West Coast which brought up a hat-trick of triumphs for the club.
Wardrop will work directly with the coaching staff and will oversee strategic planning around game trends, monitoring evolving game styles within the competition and opposition analysis.
Craig Vozzo, General Manager Football, said the club was delighted to have someone of Wardropâ€™s standing and knowledge joining the club.
â€śJohn has a broad knowledge of the industry, having been involved at the elite level for more than 25 years,â€ť Vozzo said. â€śHe is greatly respected across the AFL and we believe he will add significant experience and expertise to our football operations and young coaching group.â€ť
Wardrop will relocate to Perth in the coming months.