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Former North Melbourne and Carlton defender David Teague spent three seasons in charge of West Coast's defensive unit.

Playing career[]

Originally from Katandra, just outside of Shepparton in north-east Victoria, Teague played junior football for the Murray Bushrangers before being picked up by North Melbourne in the 2000 rookie draft. He played 33 games for the Roos in three seasons before being traded to Carlton as part of a deal that saw Corey McKernan return to Arden Street.

Teague won the Blues' best and fairest in 2004, his first season at the club, as well as being named the league's Most Courageous Player. In four seasons at Carlton he played 50 games in total, but managed just seven in 2006 and none at all in 2007 as the club preferred to blood younger players. He was delisted at the end of the 2007 season.

Coaching career[]

Despite being delisted by the Blues Teague remained with the club as a development coach, as well as taking on the role of player-coach of their reserves side (then known as Northern Bullants). He hung up the boots after one season but remained as the Bullants' coach for 2009 and 2010, during which time he led them to back-to-back Grand Finals.

Teague moved west ahead of the 2011 season to take up a role at West Coast as assistant coach in charge of the backline. He spent three years in that position before returning to Melbourne for family reasons, and taking up a similar role with St Kilda. After just a year with the Saints Teague joined Adelaide, serving as an assistant under Phil Walsh and then Don Pyke following Walsh's tragic death.

He returned to Carlton as coach of the forward line ahead of the 2018 season, and was installed as caretaker coach midway through 2019 after Brendan Bolton was sacked. After the side improved from a 1-10 record to 7-15 under his stewardship, Teague was appointed to the job full-time, but sacked at the end of 2021 after the Blues failed to reach the finals in his two full years at the helm.

References[]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Teague_(footballer)

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