Hawthorn have announced David Mckay will step into a development coaching role at the club.

Mckay joined the coaching ranks ahead of the 2022 season, and worked in the Box Hill Hawks program and also was the Hawthorn AFLW midfield coach.

The former Adelaide Crows player will step into this new role ahead of the 2023 AFL season and will focus on the development of Hawthorn's young talent.

The 34-year-old brings 248 games of AFL experience with him and will work alongside box Hill Senior Coach/Development Coach Zane Littlejohn and Head of Development Andrew Collins in 2023.

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Hawthorn Head of Football Rob McCartney praised the appointment, revealing “Dave has been an outstanding resource to our AFLW program, so we're thrilled to now have him also on board as part of our AFL program,” and was “an instrumental figure within our inaugural AFLW campaign, Dave deserves a lot of credit for helping to develop our younger crop of players this year.

"Dave's inclusion to the AFL program is an additional role to our coaching structure compared to last season. With a young team, we are committed and focused on investing more in the development space.

“Dave has a strong passion for helping others improve both individually and as a team, an impressive work ethic, football expertise and genuine care for those around him.

“I have no doubt that his professionalism, knowledge of the game and passion for coaching will be a valuable asset to our AFL and AFLW program in 2023.”

Hawthorn has already made several coaching changes under Sam Mitchell with former Carlton star Kade Simpson joining the club as a defensive coach.