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Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly

Recruited from:
East Brighton (Vic)/Sandringham U18


With 30 years of experience in the game, McConnell has been integral in the establishment of the GIANTS and was the first person appointed to the club in 2009.

He played 37 games for Footscray and was the last coach of Fitzroy before it merged with Brisbane at the end of 1996. He was also an Assistant Coach at Geelong.

More recently he was the AIS-AFL Academy’s High Performance Coach before taking on the role of Football Administration and Development Coach with the GIANTS.

After working with the forward line in 2013, McConnell became the Director of Coaching under Senior Coach Leon Cameron.

In 2018 McConnell took up the reins as Head Coach of the club's AFL Women's side, leading them to fourth on the ladder. 2019 will be his second season as the GIANTS' AFLW coach.


Roger Moten joins the AFL Women's program in 2019 as Senior Assistant coach, focussing on the Backline.

Familiar with the GIANTS’ AFLW program, having coached the Northern GIANTS in the recent Women’s Winter Series. A development coach with the GIANTS’ men’s program from 2016-2017, Moten has also been an assistant coach for the GIANTS at NEAFL level after a successful coaching career with Sydney University.

As a player/coach of UTS, Moten won two first grade premierships before taking over at Sydney University where he was named AFL Sydney’s Coach of the Year in 2010 and coached the Students in their first NEAFL year in 2012.


Krissie Steen is a well-regarded coach in the SANFLW competition having guided South Adelaide to the 2018 premiership following premiership success at SAWFL side Adelaide University in 2017 and joins the GIANTS AFL Women's program in 2019 as Midfield Coach.

Steen was involved with the Western Bulldogs’ women’s team during the 2014 and 2015 exhibition games and is familiar with the GIANTS setup having held a position as a performance analyst from 2013-2014. 

A Sydney local, Steen has worked her way up the ranks having coached the UTS Shamrocks, Sydney University, UNSW-ES Bulldogs and the NSW Under-18s Youth Girls team.


Jon Vlatko spent the 2018 AFLW season as the club’s runner and acted as Assistant Coach to Moten during the Women’s Winter Series.

Vlatko is a four-time premiership player with AFL Sydney side, the East Coast Eagles. A life member of the Eagles, Vlatko captained the club, played over 200 games and for the past two seasons acted as Midfield Coach.   

Previously an assistant coach at the NSW Women’s Academy, Vlatko will look to use his experience as the GIANTS’ Forwards Coach in 2019.