Adam Kingsley appointed GWS Giants head coach on three-year deal

Adam Kingsley was named GWS head coach on a three-year contract.

Kingsley is currently an assistant coach at Richmond and will be Kingsley’s first senior coaching job in the AFL after several near misses including gigs at Carlton and Collingwood.

Kingsley was involved in the Tigers’ back-to-back Premier League successes in 2019 and 2020, having previously worked as an assistant at St Kilda and Port Adelaide.

As a player, Kingsley made 170 appearances for Port Adelaide after making his debut in 1997, where he appeared on the club’s flag in 2004.

The 47-year-old said he’s confident the Giants are a club poised to succeed.

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be the Giants’ next senior coach,” he said.

“I have made my ambitions clear to become a senior coach and over the past 16 years I have continued to learn and develop to the point where I am now absolutely ready to take the next step in my coaching career.

“This is a club that has built a strong culture from the ground up in just a few years.

“It is clear that the players, staff, members and fans are hungry for success and we will push each other to get where we want to be.”

GWS CEO Dave Matthews confirmed Kingsley’s appointment on Monday.

“On behalf of the board and our entire organization, I am extremely pleased to confirm Adam Kingsley as our new head coach,” said Matthews.

“After a thorough and considered selection process, Adam’s vision for the club, our players and our staff made him an excellent candidate for the job.

“Adam has outstanding values ​​that align with the Giants, and with 16 years of coaching experience, he is an exceptional tactics coach, a strong, clear communicator and someone who brings people together.

“We – and Adam – believe that success is not far away and we are thrilled that it is leading us into our next chapter as a club.”

GWS began looking for a new manager following the departure of Leon Cameron mid-season when Mark McVeigh was brought in as caretaker manager.

Matthews also credited McVeigh for his support.

“We thank Mark for his efforts as interim senior coach and the tireless work he has contributed to our program since taking office in Round 10,” said Matthews.

“Arriving as caretaker manager is a difficult task, but he attacked the role with fresh ideas, trying to improve our players, staff and program at every step.

“Mark is a person of the highest integrity and character and he has always put the club first. He was steadfast in leaving the program ready for whoever would take it over.”

GWS’ season ended on Saturday with a 20-point loss to Fremantle, finishing 16th.

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