SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: The players listen on as Giants Head Coach Alan McConnell gives instructions during GWS GIANTS AFLW training session at Tom Wills Oval at GIANTS HQ on November 15, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Inaugural GWS Giant Cameron Bernasconi has been announced as the club's third AFLW senior coach.

The club confirmed on Tuesday evening that Bernasconi, who is currently the head coach of the Giants academy, will replace Alan McConnell in the role for the upcoming season.

The Giants confirmed last month that they would be searching for a new senior coach after McConnell departed his role following five years in the hot-seat.

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Ironically, Bernasconi played under McConnell in the Giants' first ever competitive game, in the TAC Cup in 2010.

He has been involved in the talent pathway in both male and female football since 2014, and was an assistant coach in the Giants AFLW program in their first season in 2017.

In a club statement, Bernasconi said he was excited about commencing his new role.

"It’s an exciting time in the game and I’m really looking forward to working more closely with the players and staff," Bernasconi said.

"My coaching philosophy is to work with the players’ individual strengths to maximise the strengths of the squad as a whole, with a focus on development and education.

"We want players to become better footballers but also better people while at our club and foster a high-performance, but highly enjoyable, environment.

"We know we don’t have any time to waste, with the next season likely just months away, and I’m excited for our journey together."

Briana Harvey, GWS Head of Women's Football, said Bernasconi was the successful applicant following an extensive search.

"After undertaking a national search, we ultimately had a very strong internal candidate in Cam," Harvey said.

"His philosophy on the direction he would like to take the program is completely aligned to ours and he is the best person for the job.

"It’s a really exciting time for the competition and we look forward to seeing where Cam can take our program."

While yet to be confirmed, the next season of the AFLW is expected to begin in August.