Former Western Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney has joined the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
McCartney replaces Craig Cameron as list manager at the Giants. Cameron recently departed GWS to join the Gold Coast Suns.
“We are excited to have Jason join us,” GWS footy boss Wayne Campbell said.
“The work he and his team have done at the Bulldogs has been outstanding and we feel his character, work ethic and willingness to immerse himself in the Giants will make him a valuable addition to our club.”
McCartney thanked the Bulldogs for their support.
“It has been a great experience, and I’ve made some strong friendships over the last six years,” he said in a statement.
“An exciting opportunity has presented at Greater Western Sydney for my family and I, and I’m now looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”
There had been speculation about friction between McCartney and Bulldogs recruiting chief Simon Dalrymple, particularly as the Bulldogs’ premiership defence faltered and they missed finals.
Dalrymple is contracted until the end of 2019 but McCartney came off-contract after the draft.
The Bulldogs had split the roles of list management and recruiting, which other clubs have one person in charge, sparking speculation the pair have clashed over individual players and overall recruiting philosophy.
Chris Grant, the Bulldogs’ director of football, told Fairfax Media in September that the pair had “had their disagreements and difference of opinion over the years” but were “completely fine” when working together.
“On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank Jason for his valuable contribution to the Bulldogs over an extended period of time,” Grant said.
“We understand the role is a great opportunity for Jason and his family, we are very supportive of the decision he has made, and we wish him all the best for the next phase of his career.”