DANE Hallinan has been forced to step down as co-coach of Culcairn due to a business opportunity.
Hallinan recently informed Lions' officials of his decision after purchasing a sea kayaking business in Jervis Bay.
However, in a huge boost to Culcairn remaining a finals force, Hallinan has committed to making the 10 hour plus round trip next season.
Hallinan said he was accustomed to the travel factor after making the weekly trek from Melbourne since joining the Lions in 2016.
"Things have changed since I agreed to co-coach but I'm still keen to travel back," Hallinan said.
"The business opportunity was just too good to knock back.
"I know that may sound silly after I just committed to being co-coach.
"I realise the club is disappointed with my decision but you have to take opportunities when they present themselves.
"Don't worry, I feel I have let the club down by not being able to co-coach.
"So travelling back each week is the best possible scenario given the circumstances.
"I'm used to travelling back from Melbourne and Jervis Bay is roughly an hour more each way."
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Hallinan was appointed co-coach alongside Craig Bosley in September.
The super fit Hallinan has proven himself among the premier midfielders in the competition since joining Culcairn.
He enhanced his reputation during last year's finals series with three dominant displays.
The Lions lost to eventual premier Osborne in the preliminary final after leading by six goals at the main break.
Hallinan said he could see no reason why Culcairn wouldn't remain in finals contention.
"I've already relocated to Jervis Bay but had a few training runs before I left," he said.
"I'm pretty excited by how we are shaping up and what we can achieve."