Craig Lambert ponders his plan of attack with the fledgling GWS side.
Craig Lambert ponders his plan of attack with the fledgling GWS side. Submitted

Mentor for young GWS players

TEAM GWS is thrilled to announce the appointment of former Brisbane Lions champion Craig Lambert as the club’s first football and welfare manager.

Graeme Allan, general manager Football Operations, said that Lambert’s experience and character made him a welcome addition to the club’s growing football department.

“Craig has so much to offer this role and the wealth of experience which he can draw upon to help us build this from the ground up and work with this young group of players will be invaluable,” he announced.

“He has a strong understanding of what it takes to be successful in this game having been with the Lions when they won their three flags but more importantly, he is a very caring and understanding individual who I believe will be an exceptional mentor for these young players.”

Lambert began his career with Richmond back in 1988, playing 123 games with the Tigers before moving to the then Brisbane Bears in 1994. He made a strong impression with his new club taking out the Best and Fairest award in his first season. He went on to play 96 games with the Bears/Lions before injuries forced him into retirement at the end of 2000.

However he remained at the club after being offered a position as an assistant coach but later moved into the player welfare role where his focus remained for the past four years.

“I have been given a huge opportunity to work with some incredible people in Kevin Sheedy and the likes of John Quinn who I have always had an enormous respect for,” he said.

“It’s to have a fresh start and it’s just what I was looking for.”

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