Posted: 1 November, 2016 by Footy Newsroom

Hawthorn Welcome Back Premiership Ruckman

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Hawthorn will welcome premiership ruckmax Max Bailey back to the club in a coaching role in 2017.

Bailey will take on the role of development coach, a role he held at Richmond in 2014 and 2015 before heading to Tanzania to work with the Future Warriors Project this year.

"We are delighted to have Max back at the club," Hawthorn general manager of footy operations Jason Burt said.

"Max was obviously a talented footballer but he is also a humble person with an incredibly strong character.

"We believe he will be an excellent fit, and will have plenty of knowledge to pass on to our players.

"As a player Max was much loved by coaches, players and staff and we are rapt to welcome him back to the club in an official capacity."

The much-loved Bailey retired at the end of 2013 at the age of 27 and after playing just 43 games.

He recovered from three knee reconstructions to win a premiership medal that year in what then-Hawk Sam Mitchell described as "the greatest story of the 2013 premiership team".

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