During his time away in the VFL/AFL system Declan was inducted into the 2016 VFL Team of the Year and was coached by current Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin, Justin Plapp and Jade Rawlings. He spent three years on Melbourne’s list, making two AFL appearances.
Prior to this he spent quality time through his junior years with the likes of Peter Francis, Leigh Brown and Moe head coach Lachlan Sim.
Moe FNC said Sim welcomes and endorses Declan with huge anticipation for the club's long term future, after working closely together this year and in the past at senior and junior level.
Sim said his successor was well poised to take the club forward.
“He brings a wealth of experience and a strong passion to the club which will be a huge asset to continue the growth and development of our club, playing list (senior and junior) including aspiring players from the area that would want to learn and be part of a very good club moving forward naturally in a great environment at Ted Summerton Reserve which ticks all the boxes,” Sim said.
Moe FNC president Manny Gelagotis paid tribute to Sim, who departs having coached the Lions at senior level for eight seasons across three stints, and believed his work had helped pave the way for Keilty to continue the clubs quest for further glory.
“On behalf of all at the Moe Lions we would like to not only thank but congratulate Lachlan Sim on all his personal successes and achievements and thank him for his tireless dedication to his roles at all levels of coaching ensuring, in our case, the Moe Lions have a long sustainable future,” he said.
Moe FNC said it has further announcements to make in coming weeks in the football and netball departments, ahead of the 2022 Gippsland League season.