By JESS WEBSTER
Sydney University assistant coach Lloyd Perris has joined Sydney Swans as a development coach.
The Swans announced its coaching group for season 2019 on Friday, which sees Perris added to the panel and NEAFL coach Tadgh Kennelly elevated to senior assistant coach.
Perris, an inaugural QBE Sydney Swans Academy member, will return to the club after working with AFL NSW/ACT and Sydney University’s NEAFL team as a development and line coach the past few seasons.
He was drafted to Sydney as a rookie in 2013 but endured a tough run with injury, undergoing three knee reconstructions before ending his AFL career and moving in to coaching.
After a 197-game career with the Swans, including the 2005 premiership, Kennelly took over the reins of the NEAFL team in 2018, leading the side to the Grand Final alongside development coach Jeremy Laidler.
“We saw the huge contribution our new coaches had in season 2018 and we look forward to seeing the impact that Tadhg and Lloyd will have on the group in 2019 and beyond,” Sydney’s Head of Football, Charlie Gardiner, told sydneyswans.com.au.
“Tadhg is not only a great coach but a terrific person to have around the Club, and he will be a great addition to our assistant coaching group.
“Similarly, it’s great to have Lloyd join our development program – he’s someone that experienced the highs and lows of playing before making a seamless transition to coaching. We think he’ll be a terrific asset for our up-and-coming players.”
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