Fremantle assistant coach Todd Curley is leaving the club to take advantage of an opportunity to work outside of football.

Curley, who joined the club as an assistant coach in 2008, advised the playing group of his decision today after having told general manager of football operations Chris Bond at the weekend of his decision to leave the club.

The former coach of West Perth (2006-08), who played 118 AFL games including 115 with the Western Bulldogs and three with Collingwood between 1994 and 2001, told the players he had made a lifestyle decision to leave the AFL industry.

“I have a young family and after almost 20 years as a player and a coach in what is a very demanding industry, I felt it was time to explore other opportunities outside of football and also be able to spend more time with my family,” Curley said.

“The opportunity to take up a new challenge, which I am really excited about and is outside of football, only arose in the past week or so and is the reason why I am leaving the club at such short notice.

“Having said that, it was a tough decision to leave now because under Ross Lyon and his coaching team, the playing group is as well placed at any time in my tenure at the club to achieve the success Fremantle members and supporters have been seeking since the club’s inception.”

General manager of football operations Chris Bond said that the club accepted and understood the reasons behind Curley’s decision to seek a career change.

“Todd has had a very positive influence on both the playing group and the club during his time at Fremantle,” Bond said.

“Although the timing is not ideal, we accept and understand the reasoning behind Todd’s decision. We thank Todd for his contribution to the Fremantle Football Club and wish Todd, Paula, Thalia and Aiden all the very best for the future.”

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