The day after Round 23 concluded, GWS confirmed former Port Adelaide premiership player and current Richmond assistant coach Adam Kingsley as their new senior coach. It is believed he has signed a three year deal. Kingsley was one of the leading contenders along with Melbourne assistant Adem Yze and Giants interim Mark McVeigh. McVeigh took over when Leon Cameron stepped down earlier in the season.
Kingsley believes the club has what it needs to be successful, “It’s a privilege and an honor to be the next senior coach ... I’ve been clear in my aspirations to become a senior coach and over the last 16 years I’ve continued to learn and develop to the point now where I’m absolutely ready to take the next step ... This is a club which has built a strong culture from the ground up in just a few short years. In just 11 years the Giants have made multiple preliminary finals, and a Grand Final, and while the ultimate success has eluded the club, it’s clear the building blocks are in place. It's clear the players, staff, members and fans are hungry for success ... I believe in this club and what we can achieve together.”
CEO Dave Matthews paid credit to McVeigh and outlined his excitement at Kinglsey’s appointment " ... “After a thorough and considered selection process, Adam’s vision for the club, our players and our people made him the standout candidate ... Adam has outstanding values .. and with 16 years’ coaching experience he is an exceptional tactical coach, a strong, clear communicator, and someone who brings people together ... We - and Adam believe success isn’t far away ... Adam's appointment will not only take our playing group and football department forward but will help continue to grow our game across NSW and the ACT ...".
Kingsley, 47, played 170 games for Port Adelaide including the 2004 premiership. He also won a best and fairest award with the club, but a knee injury forced a premature retirement. He remained with Port as an assistant before crossing to St Kilda where he spent eight seasons. He joined Richmond at the end of 2018.
Article last changed on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 - 8:25 AM EDT