AFLW senior assistant coach Lloyd Perris will depart the GIANTS after informing the club of his intention to move onto a new challenge in 2024.

Arriving at the GIANTS in 2021, Perris was appointed AFLW senior assistant coach and took charge of the midfield, he also worked as a development coach across the GIANTS’ VFL and AFL programs in 2022/23.

GIANTS Head of Women’s Football, Briana Harvey said the GIANTS are disappointed to lose Perris but understand his desire to embark on a new chapter.

“Lloyd has played an instrumental role in the development of our AFLW program over the past three years,” Harvey said.

“While it’s unfortunate that he won’t be continuing with us next year, we understand his decision and wish him all the best for the future, he’ll always be welcome at the GIANTS.”

Perris said it was a difficult decision to leave the GIANTS but the time was right to step back, particularly as partner Nicola Barr’s AFLW career continued to flourish.

“I’ve loved my time here and grown very close with the coaches, players and staff,” Perris said.

“I’ve grown as a coach and a person through my time at the GIANTS, but the time is right to step away and prioritise my relationship with Nicola. I’m looking forward to being a normal partner and supporting her AFLW career again.

“I’m very proud of the progress our AFLW program has made over the past three years under the guidance of Cam Bernasconi and Bri Harvey and the club certainly has a bright future ahead.”