Crows appoint Smart AFL operating officer
Nigel Smart acknowledges the crowd after playing his last AFL game at AAMI Stadium in 2004. Photo: Bryan Charlton
AFL club Adelaide have appointed former player Nigel Smart as chief operating officer, as chief executive Steven Trigg begins his six-month suspension.
Trigg's ban and $50,000 fine were imposed by the AFL for breaking salary cap and draft rules over the re-contracting of ruck-forward Kurt Tippett, who has since joined Sydney.
Triple All-Australian player Smart's new role starts on March 1.
"Nigel knows business and he knows football," Crows' chairman Rob Chapman said.
"He has a record of success both inside and outside the Adelaide Football Club as a leader of people and builder of businesses."
Smart, who has been deputy chairman of the Crows' board since 2009, will step down from the board.
"I look forward to continuing to do all that I can to contribute to the success of our great club," Smart said.
"The Crows and its people - players, staff and supporters - have been at the centre of my life for the greater part of it.
"I'm excited and grateful for the opportunity to return here as a leader of a terrific group of people, many of whom I have grown up with and admire tremendously."
Smart played 278 games for Adelaide and was a key member of the 1997 and 1998 premiership sides.
The former vice-captain's business roles have included national sales and marketing manager of the Jobs Statewide Group, national business development manager of Disability Works Australia, network development manager South Australia/Northern Territory for the Toyota Motor Corporation and sales and sponsorship manager SA/NT for Lion Nathan Australia.
Smart is currently chief executive of Variety The Children's Charity.
Trigg's six-month ban started on January 1.