MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: James Hird is seen in the Triple M commentary box during the 2019 AFL round 02 match between the Essendon Bombers and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

GWS assistant James Hird won't be the Giants' next senior coach, with the former Essendon mentor not interested in taking over the reins at season's end.

The Giants are continuing to work through the process of finding a successor to departed coach Leon Cameron, with caretaker coach Mark McVeigh holding down an interim role in the meantime.

While McVeigh has put his hand up as a candidate to become the Giants' third senior coach in their history, Hird has moved in the opposite direction.

The Essendon great and ex-coach joined GWS in the pre-season through a leadership advisor role before stepping into an assistant coaching position alongside fellow ex-Bomber Dean Solomon.

The duo linked up with McVeigh shortly after Cameron's departure in part-time roles, and will see out the season in Sydney's west.

Many saw Hird's return to the coaches box as a possible pathway back into senior coaching, however any chance of landing the Giants job have now been dashed.

"He's actually not interested in the senior position here at the Giants," GWS football boss Jason McCartney told Triple M on Sunday. 

Now able to rule Hird out of the race, the list of potential candidates for the Giants vacancy shortens, with McVeigh likely to face heavy competition for the position.

Four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson has been linked to the job, while there has been reported interest from St Kilda and Essendon for the former Hawthorn coach.

Sydney assistant and ex-Crows senior coach Don Pyke, Blues assistant Ashley Hansen and Demons assistant Adem Yze have also been linked to the Giants.

It is likely an official appointment for the club's next senior coach won't be made until the off-season.

The Giants and McVeigh will be looking to secure their fifth win of the season on Sunday when they host Hawthorn at GIANTS Stadium.

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