MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Brett Montgomery of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the AFL First Elimination Final between the Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 10, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Western Bulldogs release assistant coach Brett Mongomery

The Western Bulldogs have released senior assistant coach Brett Mongomery from his contract to allow him to “focus on future opportunities in the AFL”.

Mongomery has been a member of the Bulldogs’ coaching department since 2010.

Director of Football Chris Grant praised his contribution to the club in a statement on the Bulldogs’ website on Wednesday.

“Brett has been a tireless contributor and has added great value to our Club over many years. Firstly as a well-respected player and then since returning as Assistant Coach in 2010, Grant said.

“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.

“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.”

Montgomery was named the AFL Coaches Association assistant coach of the year in 2014 and is one of four coaches currently taking part in the second intake of the AFL’s Level Four Coaching course.

He played 78 games for the Western Bulldogs and 126 for Port Adelaide during a 10 year playing career.