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New role for Mark Neeld

Mark Neeld is back in football although he is not returning to the coaches box.

The former Melbourne coach, sacked in June last year after prolonged on-field struggles and amid a major off-field restructure, has been appointed AFL Victoria's new eastern region talent manager.

The role also involves managing the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup.

He replaces Anthony Parkin, who has joined Port Adelaide as its recruiting manager for Victoria and Tasmania.

AFL Victoria state league and talent manager John Hook said Neeld was the right man for the role.

“Mark possesses the skill set needed for the role of talent manager,” Hook said.


At the time of his departure, Neeld said his axing had not affected his desire to eventually rejoin the AFL fraternity.

He was given a payout in the region of $500,000 by the Demons with a year-and-a-half left on his contract.

Before becoming a Collingwood assistant coach, Neeld had previously spent three years with the Western Jets in the TAC Cup.

“I really enjoyed my previous time within the TAC Cup at the Western Jets," Neeld said.

“It is another one of the attractions of coming back to the TAC Cup competition that you get to work with the up and coming stars."