Ex high-flyer to coach Eagles

Shaun Smith (left) with Guy Sebastian during the 2013 EJ Whitten All-Stars game.
Shaun Smith (left) with Guy Sebastian during the 2013 EJ Whitten All-Stars game.

FORMER high-flying AFL forward Shaun Smith will coach Dunolly in the Maryborough-Castlemaine District Football League next year.

During his AFL career, Smith played 109 games for North Melbourne and Melbourne between 1987 and 1998.

He's best remembered for his 1995 mark of the year when he soared over the top of Demons' team-mate Garry Lyon against Brisbane at the Gabba in round 22.

Now aged 45, Smith takes over as coach of Dunolly from Tony Bellenger.

"I'm excited about the opportunity and challenge of working with a developing list and putting in place the systems within the football department for an improved and successful campaign in 2015," Smith said on the MCDFL website.

Shaun Smith "that mark"

Dunolly this year finished last on the MCDFL ladder, winning just one game, and hasn't won a senior premiership since 1969.

Eagles' football manager Jamie Townsend said the appointment of Smith had already created a buzz at the club.

"We're extremely excited to have someone of Shaun's calibre heading our coaching panel for the upcoming season," Townsend said.

"Shaun's enthusiasm towards taking the job on and knowledge of football will only hold the club in good stead and continue to assist our young developing list."

Anyone interested in playing for the Eagles next year or being involved can contact Townsend at dunollyfnc.media@gmail.com