VFL & Development coach, forwards

Xavier Clarke re-joined AFL ranks in 2017 as a development coach at Richmond after three seasons as senior coach of NT Thunder in the NEAFL.

The former St Kilda and Brisbane Lions player is well respected for his previous work with the Thunder, winning the 2015 premiership, and is a promising talent in coaching ranks.

Clarke continued the same roll, supporting the midfield in his development position in 2018 and 2019.

Clarke was selected as coach of the Northern Territory Thunder’s Team of the Decade in a ceremony in June, 2018.

Clarke will take the reins of the VFL team in 2020 and will be assisted by Ryan Ferguson (backs) and Sam Lonergan (midfielders).