Legendary AFL Coach Dani Laidley celebrates club milestone

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Image: Dani Laidley. Instagram

Legendary AFL coach Dani Laidley today returned to North Melbourne Football Club to help celebrate a milestone in club history. The former Kangaroos player and coach appeared at a press conference on Friday where the club announced it was debt-free for the first time since 1987.

A former premiership player for North Melbourne, Dani Laidley also coached the team from 2003 until 2009. During that time, the club rejected an offer from the AFL to relocate to the Gold Coast.

Today, she and her girlfriend Donna joined former teammates at a media conference to announce the end of the club’s debt.

“I’m very proud today. It’s probably the first time I’ve represented my old tribe and my new tribe.”

Dani spoke about her history with the club and her life in recent times.

“The club impacted my life in more ways than one.

“Every Shinboner supporter should be proud today.

“It’s great being back at the North Melbourne Football Club for this important announcement of being debt-free. Also on the back of Transgender Awareness Week, as I am proud of both of my tribes.”

Coach Dani Laidley ‘important part of our history’

North Melbourne president Ben Buckley was also talked about Laidley’s time with the club, praising her contribution.

“She played in a premiership, coached the club and played almost 100 games here and has a lot of friends and past teammates. We reached out to Dani and embraced her and embraced her new chapter in her life.

“It’s just fantastic to see her here today and hear her speak about her memories of the footy club. It gives you a very warm feeling. Football clubs are very embracing of their people and we are here for Dani and she is an important part of our history.”

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