Essendon premiership coach Kevin Sheedy has left his role at the Greater Western Sydney Giants to re-join the Bombers in a general manager role.
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Sheedy, who won four premierships in his time at Windy Hill, announced he would leave the Giants to return to his old club.
The 67-year-old was the Giants’ inaugural coach before handing over the position to Leon Cameron in 2013 and joined the board at the expansion club.
Sheedy said he was extremely excited to be re-joining the Bombers.
“The Essendon Football Club holds a special place for me and my family, and I’m looking forward to be coming back to the club and working with so many driven and dedicated people,” Sheedy said in an Essendon statement.
“It was a difficult decision to leave GWS but I am proud of the work I have done there and what we were able to achieve in a relatively short period of time and in a particularly tough market.
“The time to move on and spend more time with my family in Melbourne was important to me, as was the opportunity to go back to an organisation where I spent 27 years.”
Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell said the club looked forward to welcoming Sheedy “home”.
“We all look forward to welcoming Sheeds home to the Essendon family,” Campbell said.
“As a key member of the club’s senior management group, Kevin will work closely with our commercial, community and marketing departments, spending significant time engaging with key stakeholders, developing new growth strategies and supporting the successful execution of the broader club vision and strategy.”
Sheedy was announced as the Giants’ first-ever life member on Tuesday.
He will commence work with Essendon on March 16.