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Adam Kingsley named senior coach of GWS Giants, Richmond assistant replaces Leon Cameron, Adem Yze, Mark McVeigh

Adam Kingsley has been named the new senior coach of the GWS Giants.

Kingsley Lyons, the top-rated assistant coach since 2007, won the race to replace Cameron over interim boss Mark McVay and Adam Yes, who was seen as the leading contender.

Kingsley signed a three-year contract.

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In the year A 2004 Port Adelaide premiership player, Kingsley has finished second in a number of senior coaching competitions in recent years, including at Collingwood (Craig McRae), Carlton (Michael Voss), Gold Coast (Stuart Dew) and Adelaide (Don Peake).

“He’s the best assistant coach I’ve ever had,” St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna told Fox Footy’s David Zeta.

Kingsley spent almost a decade as an assistant at St Kilda before joining Richmond in 2019.

He is expected to stay with the Tigers for their final play-off campaign before flying north to join the Giants.

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“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity,” Kingsley said.

“It is a great privilege and honor to be the next head coach of the Giants. I was clear about my ambition to become a top coach and over the last 16 years I continued to learn and grow until I was fully ready to take the next step in my coaching career.

“This club has built a strong culture from the ground up in just a few short years. In 11 years, the Giants have made several semi-finals and finals, and while ultimate success has eluded the club, the building blocks are clearly there.

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

“I believe in this club and what we can achieve together.”

The Giants have paid tribute to interim coach Mark McVeitch.

“We are grateful for Mark’s efforts as interim head coach and his tireless work for our program since taking over in Round 10,” said GWS CEO Dave Matthews.

“Stepping in as an interim coach is a tough job, but he has attacked the role with fresh ideas and strived to improve our players, staff and program at every level.”

“Mark is a man of great integrity and character, and always put the club first. He was steadfast in leaving the program ready for whoever took over.”

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