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Stuart Cochrane, AFL development coach/SANFL midfield coach


From a talented South Australian football family, Cochrane's father and uncle both played for Central District, and he followed in their footsteps, eventually playing for the Elizabeth-based club himself before being drafted to North Melbourne.

There he played 50 games as a talented defender before coming home to South Australia via trade to Port Adelaide.

Playing in three seasons for the Power, he again made his name as a reliable defender and often played shut down roles on important opponents. 

He was unlucky to miss Port Adelaide's 2004 Premiership team, but received a small consolation by playing in back-to-back flags with his own SANFL team Central District. 

Cochrane worked for several years as the Power's player welfare and development manager, before jumping back into a role as a defensive development coach from 2013. 

From 2017, he will work as a midfield development assistant to Michael Voss.  

at a glance

Coaching Career

2013 – current Port Adelaide Football Club, development coach
2009  2012 Port Adelaide Football Club welfare and development manager
2008 Port Adelaide Football Club development coach 

Playing Career

Clubs: North Melbourne (1998-2002) 50 games; Port Adelaide (2003-2005) 54 games.

Debut: Rd 6, 1998 v Adelaide (for North Melbourne)


SANFL Premiership Player (with Central District) 2004,2005