MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Luke Hodge and Jarryd Roughead of the Hawks lead their team out onto the field during the round 17 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 15, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Hawthorn has announced the return of four-time premiership forward Jarryd Roughead, who has joined the club's recruiting team.

Roughead has been appointed to the role of player acquisition manager, with a specific focus on trade and free agency.

The 283-game, 578-goal ex-Hawk was most recently part of St Kilda's recruiting team, moving into the role at Moorabbin after stints as a mentor and coach with the Saints.

After departing St Kilda this off-season, the 36-year-old's return to Waverley has been confirmed, with Roughead moving into a role within the Hawks' list management team.

His arrival will mean national recruiter Mark McKenzie can place a greater focus on scouting talent through junior pathways at the draft.

"We have been very open and transparent about our list strategy and the path we are on to get back to playing finals. We know that having more skilled resources in this area gives us the best opportunity for success,” Hawthorn football boss Rob McCartney said.

"Jarryd brings a skillset that allows us to have a sharper focus on acquiring talent through trade and free agency.

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"The club is committed to further enhancing the recruiting and list department by adding additional resources within the next 12 months that will strengthen our ability to deliver on our club strategy.

"Skilled resources in specific roles will be important to us as we continue to build and maximise our list through the mechanisms available in draft, trade and free agency."

Roughead spent 15 years in the brown and gold, leading the club's goalkicking in three seasons, winning a Coleman Medal and two All-Australian selections, and was captain of the club for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

The Leongatha junior becomes the latest ex-Hawthorn employee to return to Bunjil Bagora, with Brett Ratten (head of coaching performance & development) and Rodney Eade (capital campaign executive) taking up roles ahead of the 2024 season as well.