Outgoing Woodville-West Torrens coach Michael Godden has revealed it was a ”sad moment to say goodbye to my Eagles boys” as he prepares to join AFL club Adelaide as an assistant coach.
Set to be the Crows’ midfield mentor, Godden guided the Eagles to nine consecutive finals appearances -including the 2011 premiership – in his successful tenure at Oval Avenue.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Godden said he was confident the playing group would continue to prosper under its new senior coach in 2019.
Boasting an exceptional winning percentage of 62 with the Eagles, the three-time West End State coach is now ready to take the next step on his coaching journey.
Originally, drafted to West Lakes at pick No.116 at the 1992 AFL National Draft, Godden will join former rival in Sturt premiership coach Marty Mattner, who is taking charge of the Crows’ defence.
An exceptional developer of talent, the man known as ”Godsy” has also forged a well-known reputation as a compassionate father-figure to many players both on and off the field.
And it is this self-described passion which Godden is looking to have flourish with the Crows’ playing group next year.
Taking the Eagles to a Preliminary Final in his first year at the helm in 2010, Godden claimed the SANFL premiership next year with a heart-stopping three-point win against Central District.
He chalked up an enviable win-loss-draw tally of 120-69-1 in his nine seasons with the Eagles.
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