Former three-club AFL ruckman Sam Jacobs has returned to his junior club, Woodville-West Torrens Eagles, in a head-coaching capacity.

Jacobs, who is most well-known for his celebrated Adelaide Crows career spanning 2011-19, has been appointed as the senior coach of the Eagles; the SANFL outfit he represented prior to his drafting to Carlton in 2007.

Woodville-West released a club statement on Thursday announcing Jacobs' return, highlighting a host of his key traits and anticipating "what he can achieve" as the Eagles' new coach.

"Sam is known for his physicality, work ethic, and leadership skills during his playing career and was a highly respected player across the league," the Eagles' statement reads. 

"We are delighted to have Sam back at the Club as the Men's Senior Coach. He was a standout performer during his time with the Club and quickly became a fan favourite.

"His passion for the game and leadership skills were evident from the start, and we are excited to see what he can achieve in this new role."

Jacobs played at Woodville-West in 2006 before being drafted by the Blues in the 2007 Rookie Draft. The ruckman played 17 games in 2 years at Princes Park before being traded to the Crows, where he played nine AFL seasons.

Jacobs played a further year with the GWS Giants before retiring at the end of the 2020 season.