Essendon has hired dual Brownlow Medallist Greg Williams as Coach of the James Hird Academy.
The ex-Cat, Swan and Blue will be assisted by former academy coach Jacob Thompson.
The James Hird Academy was set up in 2010 to help develop potential father/son players and players from non-traditional footy regions.
“I’m really enjoying my time at the Bombers and working alongside the players and coaches,” Williams told the Essendon website.
“The father-son rule has been one of the great initiatives of the AFL and the opportunity to help foster and develop Essendon’s prospects is something I’m really looking forward to.
“I played against a lot of the Dad’s involved in the program so it will be great to catch up with them and also offer as much help as I can to the children coming through."
Joe Daniher and Jake Long are graduates of the James Hird Academy.