MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Sam Wright of the Kangaroos laughs during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground on May 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Former North Melbourne utility Sam Wright has linked up with his old club to join the Kangaroos' women's side in an assistant coaching role.

Wright played 136 games for the Shinboners between 2009 and 2019, announcing his retirement abruptly due to injury.

The 31-year-old will now venture back to Arden Street in 2022, joining Darren Crocker's coaching group ahead of the seventh season of the AFLW.

"It feels like I'm back home in a sense and it's a really exciting group," Wright told North Media. 

"I think it's a really well-rounded group and they just want to know, they want to become knowledgeable. They're very grounded as a group and I think it is a group that can go all the way and that's why I'm so excited to take this job... I'm rapt."

Wright is among four additions to the Roos' coaching cohort, with VFLW coach Steph Binder joining as a player performance manager of the senior side, while Noni Taylor and Nick Devereux join as development coaches.

"We are very excited to enhance our coaching department with the inclusion of four new coaches," Head of Women's Football Nathan Hrovat said.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 26: Sam Wright of the Kangaroos handballs during the AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Domain Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

"It's great to have Wrighty back at Arden Street. Equally, it's super exciting to have Steph move into a new role in our program where she will be well supported by Noni and Nick.

"Our intention is to continue providing the best resourcing for our playing group, facilitating opportunities for them to develop into the best footballers and people they can possibly be."

North Melbourne recorded a finals finish last season after recording seven wins and three losses for the year, and will enter the new season likely to land in the top half of the competition once again.