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Harvey links up with Lions

Mark Harvey.
Mark Harvey. Getty Images Sport - Mark Dadswell

DUMPED Fremantle coach Mark Harvey will cross the continent to take up an assistant coaching position with the stuttering Brisbane Lions.

Sacked by Fremantle for the incoming Ross Lyon at the end of last season, Harvey will join the Lions as one of head coach Michael Voss's right hand men.

The 46-year-old tasted great success with the Dockers - reaching the semi finals in 2010 - and the Lions' faithful will be hoping he can quickly replicate the formula.

The former triple premiership club has not featured in the AFL finals since 2009 and last season tumbled down the ladder to finish only above the woeful Port Adelaide and debutant Gold Coast Suns.

But despite the Lions' recent lack of form, Harvey said he was joining a club committed to clawing its way back to the peak of the competition.

"When I spoke to the club initially, I was impressed by the strong desire they showed in returning to the top and the processes and plans they have in place to ensure they reach it," Harvey said in a statement.

"They have a very talented and developing young list and it's clear they want sustained success.

"I'm rapt to be involved with the Lions and I'm looking forward to working closely with Michael Voss and the playing group to ensure the team and the club continues to move in the right direction."

Brisbane Lions General Manager - Football Operations Dean Warren said the capture of Harvey's signature highlighted the club's potential.

"Mark is an outstanding coach in his own right and we are delighted to have been able to secure someone of his calibre," Warren said.

"His strong desire to continue his coaching career in Brisbane is also a great indication that we are building a club where people aspire to be and perform at an elite level."

A former Essendon player, Harvey started his coaching career at the Bombers as an assistant coach, helping the club to the 2000 premiership.

He took up a similar role with the Dockers in 2006, but quickly found himself in the hot-seat after Dockers coach Chris Connolly left a year later.

Topics:  afl brisbane lions


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