Coach Patch is back


Premium Platinum
Jan 16, 2004
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Storm - Victory
From the Hun

Another former Roo joins coaching panel
Jon Ralph
North Melbourne is getting the band back together, with former player Leigh Adams set to join its coaching team.
Adams joined Coburg as a 29-year-old as a senior coach after he was forced into retirement by repeated concussions as a North Melbourne players.
He had impressed in a short stint coaching South Croydon, where he took his team to a premiership in a massive upset over rival Vermont.
It is understood he has knocked back overtures from Richmond and will join the Roos, who have added former tagger Brady Rawlings as their football boss.
His brother Jade Rawlings has just joined the club as a senior assistant after crossing from Melbourne.
Adams played 104 games for the Roos and won over the Coburg team with his strong relationships and galvanising presence.

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Don't Get Cut
Aug 21, 2018
AFL Club
North Melbourne
This is a brilliant appointment.

I have been lucky enough to observe first hand his excellent communication and relationships with young footballers and his undeniable knowledge of the game. Would not surprise me to see him land a senior gig one day.
Well, if he's assistant who is credited with playing a big role in the North Melboune 2020-21-22 threepeat, he'll be in hot demand.


Premium Platinum
Jul 24, 2015
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Ooooooh yeah, hungry for a flag, I really really like this.
Yeah, me too. There's a feeling about it all.

And on top of that its the first time I've ever remembered JZ sounding like he regretted a lost opportunity. I liked that we had several players (BB and JZ spring to mind, but someone else too who I can't think of) talking about being pissed off about missing finals. Its the first time I've heard that from the side in a long time.

King Corey

Jun 9, 2001
Windy Hill Safe Injecting Room
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
St Johnstone
Thinking back to 2007 - not only was it our best full season post-Pagan - we actually reached the top 4 - I remember Patch being instrumental in our wins especially in beating Geelong in Geelong (and subsequently turning them into an all-conquering juggernaut.. :( ). Very smart player.


Premium Gold
Dec 23, 2002
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
There can be only one...
Also, the OH IT IS JUST A BOY'S CLUB crew owe Jade an apology imo.
Nobody calls a successful boys club a boys club. The name is a derogatory one which means positions are given out to friends instead of the best available candidate.

We need the current group to be successful to dodge that loaded bullet.

I am happy to see Patch back at North, was painful seeing him end the way he did.


Brownlow Medallist
Sep 21, 2008
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Has had good leadership since under 10’s. Will be very interested to see how he goes as an AFL level coach.

Was very highly regarded at Coburg.

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