Footballers Matt Duldig and John Hinge were Glenelg team-mates, now they&#039re playing their 100th game for Sturt this weekend.

Duldig, who played 167 online games at the Tigers and Double Blues, was introduced as the SANFL’s new standard supervisor of soccer on Tuesday.

The 35-12 months-old replaces Adam Kelly, who resigned in December just after he was appointed head of soccer at the Adelaide Crows.

Duldig will oversee all soccer competitions and courses delivered by the SANFL across the condition, such as the condition league.

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His appointment comes as no shock just after serving as the SANFL’s head of neighborhood soccer and neighborhood soccer supervisor the past 4 decades.

Duldig thought his 12-12 months SANFL enjoying occupation, time pulling the boots on in country leagues and perform in administration running neighborhood soccer would keep him in very good stead for the position.

“I’m an SA boy and I’ve grown up enjoying in the competition so I’m genuinely passionate about where by it goes,” mentioned Duldig.

“I’ve lived and breathed it for a lengthy-time.

“We’ve acquired the ideal condition league competition in any activity all around Australia but then from a neighborhood point of view there’s more than fifty five,000 club individuals.

“So I’m going to have a genuinely robust concentrate on each pillars, mainly because if you get each ideal there’s a major movement on influence.”

Duldig, a well-known determine at the league and its golf equipment, kicked 336 objectives across seven seasons at Glenelg and 5 with Sturt.

He mentioned he would aim to move the video game ahead in the condition, whilst respecting the very pleased record of the SANFL.

“We’ve been via a ton of adjust in the last ten decades … and there will be a little bit of balance in the SANFL competition mainly because it is genuinely nutritious at the instant,” he mentioned.

“That’s evidenced when we get nutritious attendances at our dwelling and away matches but then we’re averaging forty,000 (persons) at our grand finals the past 3 decades.

“It’s important that we go on to force the video game ahead so the SANFL stays in the hearts and minds of South Australians.”

Duldig very first worked at the SANFL in 2010 as soccer functions supervisor and then spent 3 decades as a progress officer with the Adelaide Football Club.

SANFL chief executive Jake Parkinson mentioned the position captivated a substantial and diverse discipline of high calibre applicants from each in just SA and interstate.

“After a arduous recruitment procedure, Matt emerged as the ideal candidate for the position as a end result of his superb breadth of soccer information, robust connections across soccer and leadership expertise,” Parkinson mentioned.

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Patrick Keam