RODNEY EADE has been involved at the highest level of Australian Football for 35 years. There have been many afl trading cards issued in honour of Eade’s playing and coaching career, and a number can be found at qualityafltradingcards.com.
Eade was recruited by the Hawthorn Hawks from the Glenorchy (Tasmania) Club in 1976 and played 229 Games and kicked 46 Goals until his playing career finished at Hawthorn in 1987.
Rodney Eade was identified as a very talented winger, and on arrival at the Hawks he was issued with the Great Champion Peter Hudson’s guernsey number 26. Despite this pressure, the Club thought he deserved the honour, and he repaid their faith in him by being a strong contributor to Hawthorn’s winning Grand Final Team in his first year of AFL Football. Eade was a successful member of additional Hawks Premiership Teams in 1978, 1983 and 1986.
Eade was enticed as a player to the Brisbane Bears in 1988, however, due to injuries which had started to effect the latter part of his career at Hawthorn, he only managed 30 Games and kicked 3 Goals until his permanent retirement from the playing arena in 1990.
Rodney Eade made an immediate impact on the AFL when he coached Brisbane Reserves in 1991, and was signed by North Melbourne as an Assistant Coach from 1992 to 1995. Due to his proven Coaching expertise he was signed as Sydney Swans Senior Coach for Season 1996 and had a sensational year with the Club going all the way to the Grand Final, but the side was unfortunately not good enough on the day. Eade left Sydney half way through season 2002 after building a consistently competitive outfit, and was at that time the Longest serving Coach in Sydney/South Melbourne Swans history.
Eade was then signed by the Western Bulldogs, who have been transformed by the infusion of the Coaches strategies and styles into one of the most exciting attacking Teams playing in the AFL. The Bulldogs have been highly competitive since Eade’s arrival and would appear to be only marginally short of going all the way to a Grand Final victory in 2010.
If serving quality time in the AFL is a pre-cursor to success, Rodney Eade deserves to stand tall on the MCG stage on the last Saturday in September, and raise the Premiership Cup in unison with his tradesman-like war-horse, Brad Johnson. Maybe the injection of his former Sydney Swans Goal Kicking pugilist, Barry Hall, will be the difference at the Final siren. History will confirm the outcome.
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UPDATE– 17 August 2011– Western Bulldogs President David Smorgon announced today that the services of Rodney Eade as Senior Coach at the Bulldogs would not be required for Season 2012.
UPDATE– 18 August 2011– Rodney Eade will not coach the Final 3 Games of the 2011 Season, and Assistant Coach Paul Williams will take over as Caretaker Coach for these Games.
UPDATE- 3 October 2011– Eade has today been appointed to the role as Football and Coaching Strategist at the Collingwood Magpies for the 2012 Season.
UPDATE– 28 October 2014- Rodney Eade has today accepted the role of Senior Coach at the Gold Coast Suns Football Club.