Corey Enright leaves Cats for Saints

Corey Enright during one of his last training sessions as a coach with the Cats. (Cats Media)

After playing 332 games for Geelong Cats and five years as an assistant coach at the club, Corey Enright will depart Kardinia Park for St Kilda.

Enright reminisced on more than two decades in the navy and white hoops as he announced the move.

“I’m thankful to have been able to spend such a long time at a special place – the Geelong Football Club,” Enright said.

“When I first walked in the doors 22 years ago, I could not have dreamed of having such a great experience here.

“The club holds so many great memories. We were able to achieve a lot of success and seeing the joy that gave people was special.

“I have been given opportunities to be myself, to grow and contribute in so many ways.

“The biggest thing that I take away though, are the friendships and relationships that have been built through this journey. These will remain forever and are so special.

“I am so thankful to have had such a great experience with the club. While it’s always hard to say goodbye, I am excited by the challenge that lies ahead.

“My family have always been so supportive and I thank them for allowing me to grow my experience as a coach.”

Geelong Cats football general manager Simon Lloyd recognised Enright’s contribution to the club.

“Corey is held in the highest standing by everyone at the club, and has made an incredible contribution to the club as a player, coach and a person over 22 years,” Lloyd said.

“We understand that Corey is looking to grow his experience by working in a different program as he advances in his coaching career.

“He is obviously one of the greatest and most important people in the club’s history. We have been fortunate to have him as such an important member of our club for so long.

“The club will be eternally gratefully for everything that Corey has done for the team, the club and the community. We wish Corey, Renee and the family all the best in the future.”

Enright retired after the 2016 season as the club’s all-time games record holder, a mark Joel Selwood only just surpassed two weeks ago.

Known as Boris by his teammates, Enright won two Carji Greeves Medals, earned six All Australian blazers and was a key part of three premiership-winning teams.

After retiring Enright immediately joined the Cats as a coach and he has since helped the club reach the finals in each of his seasons in the box.

Most recently Geelong’s forward coach, Enright will move to the Saints as a defence coach in 2022.

Geelong Cats are assessing potential candidates to replace Enright and the also recently departed Matthew Knights.