Blake Caracella and Chris Scott coaches of the Cats look on during the round 12 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Geelong assistant coach joins Richmond coaching staff

The Tigers have poached highly rated Geelong assistant coach, Blake Caracella.

Caracella, a former Essendon and Brisbane premiership player, joins Richmond after seven successful seasons at Geelong.

The 39-year-old previously spent three years on Collingwood’s coaching panel prior to joining the Cats.

He played 187 AFL matches (126 with Essendon, 34 with Brisbane, 27 with Collingwood) during his playing career, winning premierships with the Bombers in 2000 and the Lions in 2003.

“Blake has impressive credentials, experiencing great success throughout his playing and coaching career, and we’re really excited that he’s joining our coaching ranks,” Tigers general manager of football, Neil Balme said.

“I know what a quality person Blake is, and can’t speak highly enough of him, having spent a number of years working with him as both a player and a coach.

“We’re looking forward to him hitting the ground running along with Damien, the other coaches, and the players at the start of the 2017 pre-season.”

Caracella worked with Richmond’s new general manager of football, Neil Balme, for five years at Geelong.