Kerry's Tadhg Kennelly has been appointed as the new academy head coach of AFL club GWS Giants.

Kennelly, the only player to win both the AFL Premiership and the All-Ireland, played 197 times for the Sydney Swans in his career.

Since his retirement at the end of the 2011 season, he has worked with the league identifying international talent and has also been an assistant coach at the AFL academy and state head coach at the AFL NSW/ACT.

Kennelly returned to the Swans as a development coach before becoming a defence coach with the side.

"We’re thrilled to appoint Tadhg to the role of head coach of our academy programs," Giants head of academies Jason Saddington said.

"With Cam Bernasconi departing to head up the AFLW program, a role opened up to work with some of the best young talent in our academy region and we identified Tadhg as the ideal candidate."