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Former Essendon and Fremantle ruckman Simon Eastaugh spent four seasons on West Coast's coaching staff.

Playing career[]

Originally from Shepparton in north-east Victoria, Eastaugh spent four years on Richmond's list without playing a senior game, before shifting to Adelaide to play for Norwood in the SANFL. From there he was picked up by Essendon late in the 1997 national draft and spent three years at the Bombers for 17 games. After not playing a senior game during Essendon's 2000 premiership campaign, Eastaugh was delisted but given a lifeline by Fremantle in the pre-season draft. He managed just 12 games for the Dockers in two years before retiring from AFL football at the end of 2002.

Coaching career[]

After retiring, Eastaugh remained at Fremantle as the side's ruck coach for three seasons before being given the senior coaching job at WAFL club Perth. He was at the helm of the Demons for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and then spent some time working for Port Adelaide as a WA-based recruiter before joining West Coast's staff ahead of the 2009 season.

Initially brought on as a ruck coach, Eastaugh's responsibilities eventually expanded to include a development role with the forward line. He left West Coast following the 2013 season and returned to his earlier role as ruck coach at Fremantle.