The Western Bulldogs have enriched their coaching team by welcoming former St Kilda captain Jarryn Geary into a developmental and leadership role at Whitten Oval. Geary, who retired from his impressive 15-year, 207-game career with the Saints last year, is now part of Luke Beveridge’s coaching lineup for the 2024 season, joining Matthew Egan and Daniel Pratt.
In 2008, the 35-year-old Geary began his AFL journey and went on to become the captain of the Saints, succeeding club legend Nick Riewoldt and holding that position from 2017 to 2021 before stepping down. Unfortunately, injuries in the same season marked his last game at the elite level before his retirement.
After a year away from the game, Geary has returned to the Bulldogs for the 2024 season, where he will take on a developmental role in the club’s AFL and VFL programs and also work with the leadership group. In a statement, he expressed his excitement about this opportunity and his intention to bring the experiences from his time at St Kilda to benefit the Bulldogs’ program.
Geary, a Life Member at Moorabbin, was known for his strong leadership and fearless defense during his tenure with the Saints. Bulldogs football director Chris Grant emphasized that Geary would play a crucial role in the club’s coaching team, bringing valuable knowledge of the game as a recently retired player. He also noted that the club’s leaders would benefit from Geary’s leadership experience and looked forward to welcoming him, along with his partner Emma and their young family, to the club early next month.
Geary is set to officially start his role at the Bulldogs in mid-November.