Greater Western Victoria Rebels boys coach Marc Greig has coached his last NAB-League game.
The club announced Greig's decision on Saturday, saying he decided to step away from his role to chase interests outside of football.
Greig arrived at the Rebels as development coach at the end of 2017 after five seasons on Gerald FitzGerald's coaching panel at the North Ballarat Roosters.
He brought his career full circle upon returning to the Rebels, after featuring in the club's 1997 premiership side as a player. It remains the club's only premiership to this day.
He was also a three-time premiership player at the Roosters and is their VFL games record holder.
"I've been fortunate with the opportunities I have had, although I have made sacrifices along the way, I wouldn't change anything," Greig told Rebels.com.au.
"I've enjoyed the role of development coach and being able to teach the players as best we could and just to remind them to keep things simple and encouraging them to do the basics well."
Greig will step away from football to try and reignite a building career and spend more time with family. He said the COVID-19 outbreak had provided him a chance to get back on the tools and maintain a presence at home on weekends.
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"The COVID time has given me plenty of time to reflect about what I have done over the last 20 years and while I have sacrificed a lot, the decisions I have made have been based around what I want to do and now to free up 30 weekends a year is a pretty enticing prospect at the moment," he said.
While he will hold no official coaching title, Greig said he would continue to support the players he has coached over the past three seasons.
"I told them that the phone is still on and if they want to have a chat that I'm happy to take a call at any time."
Rebels talent manager Phil Partington believed Greig would be hard to replace but had made the right decision for his family moving forward.
"Marc's left an impeccable imprint into the Rebels organisation as a player and also a coach and those people are always hard to replace," he said.
"He has made a decision for what is best for him and his family, our values as a football club is family always comes first so we wish Marc and his family all the best for the future."
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