VFL side, Casey Scorpions, have officially changed their name to the Casey Demons.

The clubs has changed its name in order to strengthen its partnership with AFL side, the Melbourne Demons, with whom the club currently has an affiliation.

The Scorpions changed its name to Casey and relocated from Springvale to Casey in 2006, before aligning itself with the Demons in 2009.

Casey will change its guernsey to Melbourne’s traditional red and blue V from 2018.

“We have worked really closely with Casey to improve the football program year-on-year, which is evident by the improved results, both as a collective and at the individual level,” Melbourne football manager Josh Mahoney said.

“The team reached the VFL Grand Final for the first time in the alignment history and through our development programs, produced three AFL players via the 2016 Rookie Draft.

“This shows how strong the partnership already is and we think this move to align our brand with the Casey region will significantly strengthen the partnership both on and off the field.

“We have been working very closely with the Casey Scorpions over the years and we are very appreciative of the Casey Scorpions board’s decision to agree to this change and we look forward to working more closely together this season.”

Casey recently signed a long-term deal with Melbourne until the end of 2038.