Hawthorn have welcomed the return of high performance manager Peter Burge from next season, with the veteran fitness guru having previously spent time at Waverley.

Burge arrives from Richmond after a decade at Punt Road, overseeing the club's strength and conditioning in what was a decorated period for the Victorian powerhouse club.

He joined the Tigers after a small stint with St Kilda, where he arrived after a six-year stint at Hawthorn between 2005-2011.

“Peter has a proven track record of elite high performance, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the club,” Hawks football boss Rob McCartney said.

“Given the profile of our young and developing list, we see Peter as the perfect fit to create and implement a high-performance plan to take the group to the next level.”

Burge's arrival sees current high performance manager Luke Boyd depart his role at Bunjil Bagora, where he has plied his trade for over 10 seasons.

McCartney thanked Boyd for his service to the club, which included a part in the Hawks' three-peat of 2013-2015.

“Luke has been an important part of the club during his time at Hawthorn, which spans more than a decade and includes the premiership years of 2013, 2014 and 2015,” McCartney said.

“He has worked incredibly hard and has always shown a high level of commitment to our players and our program.

“Luke has now indicated a preference to explore his options beyond the walls of Hawthorn.

“We wish Luke all the best in his future endeavours.”

Boyd will leave his ole at the cessation of this season.