West Coast premiership ruckman Dean Cox has been identified as a future senior coach in waiting.
Cox is a highly regarded coach and has been at Sydney since 2017, following an amazing playing career at West Coast. According to Sydney assistant Jarred McVeigh, the 2006 premiership ruckman and six-time All-Australian has been doing a great job learning the craft under John Longmire.
McVeigh said Cox's understanding of the game and football IQ made hima very valuable asset.
"He’s been fantastic for us," McVeigh said on Sportsday WA.
"Really smart and great knowledge of the game. I think he’ll be a senior coach one day definitely. Whether that’s now or in the future, I’m not too sure."
McVeigh says Cox demonstrates great ability working with the young players coming through.
"His nous around stoppages and his care for our younger players is really top notch," he said.
"He’s got a great footy brain and he’s working on all the other types of stuff that coaching involves.
"I’m sure he’ll be a senior coach one day and hopefully for him it’s soon."
Sydney take on West Coast this Sunday at 1.10pm at GMHBA Stadium.