From The Sunday Age
Reported by Brent Diamond
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COBURG Tigers have snared former Hawthorn midfielder Tim Clarke as a playing assistant coach in a new-look team for 2009.
The 26-year-old, who is also touted to be named captain, shied away from lucrative offers from West Adelaide and Canberra to remain in Melbourne.
Coburg general manager Craig Byron said Clarke's appointment was crucial after losing best-and-fairest winner Greg Tivendale, skipper Paul Shelton and Fortunato Caruso, who was lured to West Adelaide by former Coburg coach Andy Collins.
"Our average age has probably dropped from about 24 down to about 20. Even Clarkey's pretty young," Byron said.