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Assistant coach leaves Western Bulldogs

AAP logoAAP 10/08/2016 By Jason Phelan

Western Bulldogs senior assistant coach Brett Montgomery has left the AFL club on the eve of their finals campaign.

In an oddly-timed move, the Bulldogs, currently seventh on the ladder with three games remaining before finals, revealed on Wednesday that Montgomery would depart immediately.

"The decision to part ways at this time of the year was a mutual one, allowing Brett more time to start planning for the next phase of his career," Bulldogs director of football Chris Grant said.

"We are sure that Brett has a bright career path in football ahead of him and we wish him and his family the very best for the future."

The AFL Coaches Association has requested AFL clubs inform assistant coaches they don't intend to re-contract of their intentions before the end of the season to help ease their transition to roles at other clubs.

Montgomery played 78 AFL games for the Bulldogs in two stints and played 126 matches for Port Adelaide, including their 2004 premiership.

He has spent six years on the Dogs' coaching panel and was named the AFLCA's assistant coach of the year in 2014.

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