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Tigers snare Balme in AFL coup

  • Tigers snare Balme in AFL coup

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Neil Balme of Collingwood Magpies studies Box Hill players during the round 20 VFL match between the Box Hill Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at Box Hill City Oval on August 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Witte/Getty Images)

Richmond have secured a major off-field coup by enticing highly respected administrator Neil Balme to return to the AFL club as the general manager of football.

A rebel group seeking a spill of the Tigers' board claimed last week that they were chasing Balme, who has spent the past few years as Collingwood's director of football.

But they have been gazumped by current chief executive Brendon Gale, who announced on Monday that Balme had been appointed following a full review of the club's football department.

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