Tadhg Kennelly has been stood down by Sydney Swans as part of cutbacks in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Kerryman, who won a Grand Final with the Swans in 2005, joined the club's coaching ticket in the autumn of 2017.

He worked as defensive coach last season and had been charged with preparing the midfield in the run-up to the new campaign but Kennelly's future now looks uncertain. 

"We have had to combine roles and look for efficiencies where we can find them to maximise the contribution of every role within the 25 head count," Swans head of football Charlie Gardiner told the AFL website.

"That has also resulted in the stand-down period for 10 full-time staff being extended, while a large number of part-time and casual staff are not able to be re-engaged.

"The staff members not reinstated include assistant coach Tadhg Kennelly and two other Sydney Swans life members in opposition analyst Stuart Maxfield and NEAFL and Team Swans manager Craig Holden.

"All have been wonderful servants of the club - we are feeling for them and their families.

"Unfortunately, we do not know what the future holds, as we continue to see the landscape change throughout this crisis. What we do know is the impact of these changes will be felt for some time to come."

Kennelly played 197 AFL games for the Swans before his retirement in 2011.

He also made a memorable return to Ireland in 2009 to help Kerry win the All-Ireland SFC title.