The AFL Players’ Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Dean Bailey.
AFL Players’ CEO Matt Finnis extended his sympathies to the Bailey family on behalf of the ‘PA, saying Bailey would be remembered for his commitment to developing players as people, as well as athletes.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss and offer our sincere condolences to his family,” Finnis said.
“Dean served the game for more than three decades, as a player, coach and mentor in multiple states, and was regarded as a great friend to many within the football community.
“As a coach, he helped shape the lives of many of the young men in our game. His dedication to developing players as people, as well as athletes, will be one of his football legacies.”
Dean was a member of the AFL Players’ Alumni, having played 53 games as a midfielder for Essendon between 1986 and 1992.