Retired Brisbane Lions champion Simon Black has rejected coaching offers from a host of rival clubs to remain based at the Gabba for the next two years.
The former Brownlow Medallist, who announced his retirement as a player two weeks ago, has decided to stay with the Lions as an assistant coach to former team-mate Justin Leppitsch.
Black will be largely responsible for coaching the team's forward line and attacking systems.
Ensuring one of the club's most decorated players began his coaching career with Brisbane was a major an important coup for the Lions, Leppitsch said.
“He was naturally in high demand, so we're thrilled that Simon's decided to stay,” the senior coach said.
“He's one of the most driven, skilful and competitive individuals I have ever come across, so there's no better person for our players to learn from.
“If his dedication to coaching is anything like it was as a player, then I have no doubt that he will have a long and successful career ahead of him.”