The Western Bulldogs confirm Mick Sandry has departed his role as AFLW Head of List Management and Recruiting.

Sandry had been part of the AFLW program since its inception, assisting the club in establishing its inaugural AFL Women’s list ahead of the launch of the AFLW competition in 2017. 

This culminated in the club winning its first AFLW premiership in 2018.

Sandry continued to play a lead role in helping the club navigate each year of the competition’s expansion, including the development and ongoing management of the club’s VFLW list.

Executive Director of Football, Chris Grant, thanked Sandry for his contribution.

“On behalf of the club, we thank Mick for his service over the past eight years, and in particular the role he played in establishing our inaugural AFLW and premiership team,” Grant said.

“We wish him and wife Gina all the best in their next chapter and hope they won’t be strangers at the Kennel.”

Sandry thanked the Bulldogs for the opportunity.

“Although I’m moving on from the Dogs to the next opportunity, the club has been a huge part of mine and my family’s life over the past eight years, through the AFLW program and prior to that coaching the club in an exhibition game against Melbourne,” Sandry said.

“The highlight is obviously the premiership in 2018, but equally the people you build relationships with along the way.

“I’m looking forward to seeing what this young group can achieve in the coming seasons and wish the club all the best.”

The Bulldogs will begin the search for a replacement in due course.