SYDNEY assistant Steve Johnson is heading back across town to join Greater Western Sydney's panel of coaches for 2021.

Johnson, who finished his decorated playing career at the Giants across 2016-2017, will return as forwards coach ahead of next season.

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After three years at the Swans from 2018-2020, Johnson was out of contract for next season and jumped at the chance to join a new-look Giants coaching panel.

The Giants have re-signed coach Leon Cameron until the end of 2022 but recently lost midfield coach Lenny Hayes and forwards coach Brad Miller who have opted to step away from football. 

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Johnson remains friends with a number of Giants players, including holding a close relationship with superstar small forward Toby Greene from the pair's time together.

It remains to be seen whether Johnson will get the opportunity to mentor Giants free agent and ex-teammate Jeremy Cameron who is weighing up interest from Johnson's former club Geelong. 

Johnson, 37, played 293 AFL games from 2002-2017, which included 253 games and three premierships for the Cats.