Werribee has unveiled another big-name addition to its off-field ranks, appointing Nick Daffy to its coaching panel for season 2019.
The former star Richmond midfielder and forward arrives at Avalon Airport Oval from Essendon, where he spent 2018 as forward coach of the Bombers’ VFL side, to take up the same role at Werribee.
Daffy said he was drawn to the role by the chance it provided to work alongside new senior coach Mark Williams within a standalone VFL club environment.
“I felt it was going to be a good fit for me,” he said.
“I’m from Geelong, so it’s obviously close to home.”
“I’d had a bit of time at Essendon within the AFL system, but the opportunity to work with ‘Choco’ on a full-time basis with a standalone side was something I thought I really needed.”
Since calling time on his illustrious AFL career, Daffy has carved out an impressive coaching resume in the state-league system.
Prior to joining Essendon, he spent 2014 as an assistant coach with the Northern Blues and 2017 as midfield and stoppage coach with North Ballarat, also working closely with star Werribee midfielder Matt Hanson as midfield coach of the VFL State Team that same year.
Outside the VFL, he has served as director of coaching for Bellarine Football League side Torquay (2013-14) and senior coach of Geelong Football League club St Albans (2015-16).
As a player, Daffy registered 166 games with Richmond and one game with Sydney and kicked 182 goals from 1992 to 2002, during which he also represented South Australia in State of Origin on three occasions.
He began his career as a dangerous half forward and was the Tigers’ leading goalkicker in 1995, later developing into a prolific midfielder and going on to win the club’s best and fairest in 1998.
Werribee football operations manager Stuart Balloch said Daffy was an exciting addition to the coaching ranks given his diverse football background.
“Nick’s football journey through the Geelong Football League with St Albans and then North Ballarat and in a VFL/AFL alignment with Essendon means he has a really good cross section of coaching experience,” Balloch said.
“He’s come in wanting to learn from Mark [Williams], and we think he’s going to be terrific for our forward-line group.”