Hawthorn assistant coach Brendon Bolton has been officially unveiled by the Blues as their new head coach at a press conference this afternoon.

Both CEO Steven Trigg and president Mark LoGiudice started by thanking interim coach John Barker on his effort during a difficult situation.

John Barker has done a mighty job. He has always kept a team-first, club-first mentality,” he said.

Trigg also said that Bolton’s contract is not a normal one for an AFL coach, but instead he will be employed on a normal staff basis.

Bolton said that he is excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

“I am genuinely excited by the role,” he said.

“I want to establish a sustained platform of success. I’m not going to put a timeframe on it.

“I’ve invested in my professional development over the last few years. When I started it was just a dream to be an AFL coach.

“I’ve been a lifelong learner, and if I continue to do that, then hopefully I will go well in the role.”

The 36-year-old said he was impressed with the club during the interview process.

“The way I see Carlton is as a thorough club. I saw that in the process of the new coach selection.

“The interviews with Carlton were very transparent. I asked many questions.”

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Bolton said he will finalize his departure from Hawthorn in the next few days and that Damien Carroll will step into the assistant coaching role vacated by Bolton.

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