The Eagles have completed an off-field coup after securing the signature of well-respected Richmond National Recruiting Manager Matthew Clarke.

Working from the Eagles' office in Docklands, Melbourne, Clarke has filled the role recently vacated by long-term club servant Rohan O'Brien who has joined Essendon ahead of the 2024 season.

After beginning his career in football as a recruiting officer and scout for Melbourne in 1997, Clarke made the shift across to Punt Road ahead of the 2016 season, eventually presiding over the Richmond lists that earned premiership honours in 2017, 2019 and again in 2020.

Speaking by way of an official club statement, Clarke claimed he was excited about the prospect of rebuilding the Perth powerhouse's roster.

"I am excited by the opportunity to help shape the squad that can see the Eagles climb up the ladder," Clarke said.

"I have good relationships with a number of the West Coast recruiting staff and I look forward to working closely with them.

"I can't wait to get started, but at the same time I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the memories that Richmond provided. They were very supportive through this process and I cannot thank them enough.

"Over the years I have forged some lifelong friendships and I have the utmost respect for Richmond and the people there."

West Coast GM Gavin Bell tipped his cap to Clarke, highlighting his extensive CV honed across a quarter of a decade at league level.

“We are delighted to announce Matt as our List Manager after an extensive process,” he said.

“While there was a strong field of candidates Matt stood out as the best fit for our club and we are thrilled to have him on board.

"He has a broad skill set and has demonstrated his ability to lead a team of recruiters at Richmond, and he possesses the strategic insights we need as we continue to build our list."

West Coast will begin its 2024 season proper when it travels to face Port Adelaide at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday, March 17.