Michael Barlow of the Dockers celebrates a goal during the round 13 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Port Adelaide Power at Domain Stadium on June 18, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Former Fremantle star Michael Barlow has been appointed the VFL senior coach of Werribee.

The club announced on Monday evening that the 33-year old would once again return to Chirnside Park.

Barlow departed Werribee as player-assistant coach at the start of the year – the club he played 38 VFL games for prior to being recruited to the Dockers – to take on a senior role at Western Region team Yarraville Seddon Eagles.

He will now return to Werribee for a second time in the new VFL east coast second-tier competition following Mark Williams’ move to the Demons in a development-coach role.

“Firstly, let me thank Yarraville for appointing me and now allowing me to take up this irresistible position at Avalon Airport Oval. I plan to still be involved with the Eagles, helping out where I can, Barlow told the club website.

“Obviously this wasn’t planned, but what a golden opportunity.

“I am excited with what I have inherited from ‘Choco’ (Mark Williams) and what I have learnt from him as well.

“I can’t wait for the players to come back so we can build on the foundation the club has laid in recent seasons.”

Barlow played 141 AFL games for Fremantle and Gold Coast from 2010-2018.