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Coach Gia will be 'roaring success', says McCartney

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Daniel Giansiracusa of the Bulldogs in action during the 2014 AFL round 06 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on April 27, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Daniel Giansiracusa will step into a coaching role at the Bulldogs next year
DANIEL Giansiracusa will be a "roaring success" as a coach, Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney says.

The 32-year-old will play his 265th and final game against Greater Western Sydney on Sunday, before transitioning into a coaching role at the club.

"It was looking like last year was going to be my last but I probably wasn't ready but I am now," Giansiracusa said at Whitten Oval on Thursday.

"I've enjoyed the opportunity the club has given me to play another 15 games this year but I'm really looking forward to the transition into the next stage of my life."

The forward has donned the green vest for most of his games this season, and has become a mentor for some of the younger players on the sidelines this year.

McCartney confirmed the veteran would be playing the full four quarters against the Giants, and said he had no doubt 'Gia' would develop into a terrific coach.

"He's fulfilling another stage of his life for his family and he'll end up the same as he was as a player," McCartney said.

"He'll leave no stone unturned, quite clearly his best attribute aside from his competitiveness is he never stops learning.

"He's so open to getting better and listening and bringing new ways of doing things and he'll bring that to his coaching.

"He'll be a roaring success, I have no doubt."

Drafted from Williamstown at pick 32 in the 1999 National draft, Giansiracusa has enjoyed a brilliant career.

An integral part of the Bulldogs' successive finals campaigns between 2008-2010, the 32-year-old said he will treasure those memories forever.

While he isn't leaving the club just yet, Giansiracusa said he would miss sharing a win in the rooms with his teammates after a game.

"I've had an amazing time," Giansiracusa said.

"I've had some great memories and been involved in some successful teams. I'm pretty proud of what I've been able to put out on the park.

"I look forward to getting a win on Sunday because that's what we play for, the 10 minutes after the game.

"That enjoyment you get when you spend two hours of really hard work with your teammates, and the camaraderie, that's what I'll miss most."