Former Docker Dodd to act as coach for East Fremantle

Stephen Malaxos (seated) with Rory O'Brien, Matthew Jupp and Andrew Stephen
Stephen Malaxos (seated) with Rory O'Brien, Matthew Jupp and Andrew Stephen

FORMER Fremantle player Brad Dodd has been announced as East Fremantle’s interim head coach.

Dodd will replace Steve Malaxos, who stepped down from his senior coaching post yesterday.

Malaxos led the Sharks after being appointed at the end of 2010, steering the side to a grand final in 2012 and last year’s preliminary final.

“I’ve tried my very best for the East Fremantle Football Club and I wish the club the very best for the future,” he said in a statement from the club.

The Sharks have had a mixed start to 2015 and sit outside a finals berth on percentage following three straight defeats.

Among them was last week’s 48-point loss to Subiaco.

Dodd will be tasked with turning that around when he takes the reins this Sunday against Swan Districts at East Fremantle Oval.

Dodd, who played 50 games with the Dockers over four seasons after being rookie drafted from the Sharks, began his coaching career with Claremont’s 15s development squad.

In 2010 he moved into a league role as a backs coach, and was part of the Tigers’ coaching panel that won two straight flags.

In 2014 he headed back to East Fremantle where he was a bench coach.

This year he took up a dual role as league midfield coach and the colts’ backs coach before moving into the lead role today.