Carlton has announced the contract extension of AFLW head coach Daniel Harford, with the former Hawk and Blue signing on for two more seasons at Ikon Park.

Harford has been at the helm since the 2019 season and is set to extend his reign as head coach to six seasons. The 45-year-old has taken the Blues to two finals campaigns including a grand final appearance in 2019.

Harford was also the recipient of the AFLCA AFLW Coach of the Year in that same season.

Carlton now has the youngest list in the AFLW and Harford will have a big task on his hands in the new season, with the losses of stars Madison Prespakis and Georgia Gee leaving a hole to fill on the club's list.

Speaking to, General Manager of Women's Football Brett Munro believes Harford is the best person to lead the side for the coming seasons.

"First and foremost Daniel believes in the values of the Club; and he drives those values throughout our AFLW program, we know he is the right person to lead this team in our pursuit of success," Munro said.

"We started to show some strong results in the back end of last season, winning three of our last four games, and we'll be looking to build on that heading into a new season.

"Our list is the youngest in the competition and Daniel has shown that development is a big focus and will continue to be over the next few years.

"A connected program is a strong program and by signing Daniel until 2024 we can ensure a positive team environment that aligns with what the Club believes in."

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Carlton President Luke Sayers addressed members in an open letter presenting his delight with the re-signing of Harford to the women's program.

"Daniel is a much-loved figure at the Club, and his ability to build strong connections and nurture relationships with players and staff on and off the field is a cornerstone of his coaching," he said.

"While we're aware of the realities that come with AFLW expansion, importantly our focus remains on continuing to grow our program and strive for excellence both on and off the field."

Harford expressed his commitment to the program and his delight at extending his tenure with Carlton, as he looks towards his fifth season in charge of the Navy Blues.

"I want to continue to ensure the players have a strong support system behind them as we head into pre-season," Harford told

"We have a solid list, with a great group of players and the team environment at the Club is one of support and inclusivity.

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"With four more teams coming into the competition we'll be presented with a new set of challenges, but I can't wait to get stuck in with the players, coaches and support staff and start preparing for the season ahead.

"I love this Club and will be doing everything possible to give us the best chance to share some success with our members and supporters."

The Blues will look to build on their 8th placed finish in 2022 next season and will push to strengthen their side in the off-season after the aforementioned big departures.