Melbourne favourite Adem Yze will return to the club where he made his name, with the Demons announcing he will join their coaching panel in 2021.
The 43-year old returns to the Demons after an eight-year coaching stint with Hawthorn, where he will bring a wealth of premiership experience after thriving in several roles at the Hawks.
Yze started coaching at Hawthorn in 2012 and had a number of roles which contributed strongly to the success of the club during that period, such as match day strategy and opposition, as well as stints in specialist goalkicking, development and assistant coaching.
Melbourne General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney is excited for what Yze can bring back to the Demons.
“We are excited that Adem has chosen to join the club in a coaching role,” he told Melbourne Media.
“Adem is highly regarded within the industry and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the club, having filled a number of senior coaching roles in his time at Hawthorn.
“Adem is passionate about Melbourne and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Club where he played for over 14 seasons.”
After 271 games with the Demons during his playing career which included 234 goals kicked, winning the club’s Best and Fairest in 2001 and being named in the All Australian team in 2002, Yze said he's looking forward to being back at his old club after over a decade away.
“I’m really excited to be back at the club but more importantly, I’m excited to be working alongside Goody (Simon Goodwin) and the coaching staff,” he told Melbourne Media.
“Goody and I have got a strong connection and I see us as a really good fit together.
“I believe it’s an exciting list that can go places, and I’m looking forward to bringing what I’ve learnt along my coaching journey to the Club.
“I’ve loved my time with the Hawks but the opportunity to grow in a different role, with different coaches, was something that was really enticing to me.
“Being a past player back at my old Club is great, but as a coach, what I’m really excited about is getting to work with the other coaches, and playing my part to get Melbourne back to a consistent Finals’ outfit.”