DANIEL Kee has stepped down as coach of North Geelong.

Magpies president Jason Habib confirmed this morning that Kee met with the club earlier this week to confirm his resignation for personal reasons.

Habib says the club wasn’t surprised by Kee’s decision.

“He spoke with our football director, Gav (Habib), a few weeks back, and Gav gave me the heads up,” Habib said.

“We got the phone call Monday to say that he wants to meet with us.

“And with the report last week that he needed to get his OP (osteitis pubis) operated on, I think that was just the icing on the cake.”

A North Geelong junior, Kee played in three flags at GFL cluib South Barwon, before returning to be a key part of the Magpies’ 2013 premiership.

He took on the coaching role in shared position with Darren Ryan at the end of 2014, but went solo after Ryan stood down for work reasons just before the start of the 2015 season, taking the club to last year’s grand final.

Assistant James Chandler has been confirmed as interim coach.

“‘Chipper’ (Chandler) addressed the group last night,” Habib said.

“We’ll stay with Keesy’s gameplan and do the same things Keesy’s put in place.”

North Geelong, which sits two games clear in fifth spot with a 5-2 record, hosts Winchelsea on Saturday.

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