Essendon champion Jobe Watson has returned to notable Victorian private school Xavier College as their first team coach.

Since retiring after 220 games with the Bombers in 2017, Watson has been part of Channel 7's commentary team, offering special comments and analysis for the broadcaster.

In what will be his first football role since leaving the Bombers, Watson will return to the school he once attended as the senior coach of their firsts team.

The former Essendon captain, two-time All-Australian and triple best and fairest winner brings with him a great level of experience in the top flight, buoying Xavier's excitement.

“We are delighted to announce that Jobe Watson has been appointed to the role of Head Coach of the Xavier 1st XVIII Football team," a school statement reads.

“Jobe has had a long and distinguished career in the AFL playing over 220 games for Essendon Football Club, captaining the club from 2010-2016.

“Following his AFL playing career, Jobe has held positions within the AFL media and has built a number of successful businesses abroad.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Jobe Watson of the Essendon Bombers poses during the 20015 AFL Captains Interview Session at Etihad Stadium on March 25, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“Jobe is extremely excited to be taking on the role at Xavier College and is looking forward to working with our Head of Football Dale Amos to grow and evolve the football program.”

Xavier College has seen the likes of Bailey Smith, Sean Darcy, Dan Hannebery and Josh P. Kennedy land in the AFL since Watson also joined the league.

His beloved club Essendon will be home to two of Xavier's best draft prospects in father-son selections Alwyn Jr. and Jayden Davey, who will join Essendon at next week's National Draft.

Academy graduate Tex Wanganeen also joined the Bombers this year following his education with Xavier.