Brenton Sanderson of the Crows looks on during the round 19 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the West Coast Eagles at Adelaide Oval on August 2, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Former Crows coach joins Collingwood coaching staff

Former Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson has joined Collingwood as an assistant coach, linking up with good friend, Nathan Buckley.

Sanderson, a former Geelong player and Cats and Power assistant coach, coached the Crows from 2011 to 2014, before being replaced by Phil Walsh.

He has spent the past two years as head coach of the AFL National Academy.

“Brenton brings with him a rich football background as both a player and coach and we feel he’s an outstanding fit for our coaching panel in 2017 and beyond,” General Manager of Football Graeme Allan said.

“His diverse experience across senior and assistant coaching roles and his recent role in the development of the country’s brightest young talents through the AFL National Academy makes him a valuable asset for our emerging team.”

Sanderson’s appointment finalises the Magpies’ coaching department for 2017, as he joins Robert Harvey and Scott Burns as Buckley’s senior assistants.