LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Lions coach Justin Leppitsch (R) listens to assistant coach Simon Black during the round one AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Brisbane Lions at Aurora Stadium on March 22, 2014 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Lions assistant coach Simon Black quits

Brisbane Lions assistant coach and three-time premiership star, Simon Black has resigned from his position.

Black will leave the club at season’s end and focus on his academy program, which is set to expand around the country.

“Despite the win-loss ratio this year, I’ve really enjoyed the coaching role and feel I’ve grown into it,” Black told the club’s website.

“It’s been a really tough decision to get to this point, but I really want to thank all of the Lions supporters out there. You guys have been such strong, consistent members of the Club during some really tough times.

“In the 19 years I’ve been at the Lions it’s just been wonderful to have that connection with you guys.

“I’ll certainly miss coming to the Gabba everyday like I have for the past 19 years.

“I’m sure the Club is onwards and upwards.”

Black played 322 games with the Lions between 1998 and 2013, before taking up a role as an assistant coach.

Judging by the results up north this season, it will most likely not be the only change to the coaching department this year.