Assistant Coach Ben McGlynn has informed the Saints he will not be staying on at the club for the 2023 season.

After a 171-game AFL career at both Hawthorn and Sydney, McGlynn stepped straight into the coaching caper following his retirement in 2016.

Since joining St Kilda ahead of the 2017 season, McGlynn has worked across many areas of the football department, coaching VFL alignment club Sandringham, leading the player development program and as assistant coach of the forwards and midfield during his tenure.

“I’ve loved my time at the Saints, and will be forever grateful for the opportunity to continue my passion for footy at the highest level,” McGlynn said.

“But the time has come to return to Mildura with my family for the next chapter of our lives.

My wife Hannah and I have always had the goal of raising our children, Sonny and Luna, back in our hometown and now feels like the perfect time to do that.

- Ben McGlynn

“I’m passionate about strengthening the game and fostering talent in Mildura, so I’m hoping to bring some of my experience in the AFL to the region through Footy Star Academy Mildura.

“I’ve been really proud to represent Sunraysia throughout my career and am excited to support the next generation of young local Footy Stars.”

Chief Operating Officer Simon Lethlean said McGlynn will be a much missed member of the Saints.

“Ben has been a great asset to our club for six years, always very giving of his time and expertise, as well as displaying the dedication and commitment that is required to get the most out of yourself as a footballer,” Lethlean said.

“We’re sure he will continue to deliver his signature care and enthusiasm for development and community in his new role, as well as his sense of humour and camaraderie which will be missed around the club.

“Ben, Hannah, Sonny and Luna will always have a second home at RSEA Park.”

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Head inside the centre circle with Midfield Assistant Coach Ben McGlynn, thanks to Dare.

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