Men’s 2021 Head Coach 

As announced previously, Michael Ford has had to step back from the men’s head coaching role, but in good news for the club, he’s taken up the role of Head of Football for next season.

To address the Head Coach vacancy, Michael, Andrew Hurrell (Executive – Football Operations) and former Head Coach, Jon Hayres led an internal process which was finalised yesterday. The outcome of that process will see Lloyd Perris become our new senior men’s Head Coach. 

As many people will know, Lloyd was one of Michael’s assistant coaches this year, so he already has a very good understanding of the group, which will clearly be a benefit in continuing the great development work done over the past few seasons.

To fill the picture in about Lloyd, originally from Victoria, he played his junior football in Cronulla, before playing under 18’s and Premier Division at St George.

Lloyd was an AIS-AFL scholarship holder and won the Cameron Ling Medal while with the AIS. He also captained the NSW/ACT Rams before being rookie listed by the Swans. 

While highly rated by the Swans, Lloyd’s playing career was curtailed and ultimately cut short by what eventually became 3 knee reconstructions. This led him into coaching stints as an assistant in the Sydney University NEAFL program and with the Swans Academy, before being appointed as the Swans Development Coach in 2018, a role which came to an end earlier this year as AFL clubs were forced to reduce costs in the wake of Covid-19.

The Swans loss has been North Shore’s gain and we’re very pleased that Lloyd’s become part of our club and has accepted the role as our men’s Head Coach. We are definitely still building as a club and I’m very confident that Lloyd and his team will continue that progress and take us to our goal of senior success.

Congratulations to Lloyd for his appointment and also to Michael Ford for his fantastic contribution.

John Goode – President