PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: David Mundy, Michael Walters, Blake Acres, Connor Blakely, Darcy Tucker and Nathan Fyfe look on while being addressed by assistant coach Josh Carr during a Fremantle Dockers AFL training session at the Victor George Kailis Oval on May 18, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Port Adelaide premiership player Josh Carr has returned to the club he played 124 games at, this time as an assistant to head coach Ken Hinkley.

Carr was previously working as a midfield coach at Fremantle up until their season's end at the hands of Collingwood in their semi-final match-up last Saturday.

Seen as a highly respected and rated coach, the 42-year-old has played a leading role in the Dockers' rise up the ladder by placing an emphasis on the development of their young midfielder brigade.

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The former midfielder will also be the favourite candidate to take over from head coach Ken Hinkley if the club doesn't renew his contract past next season.

The coach left Fremantle on good terms, with Dockers footy Boss Peter Bell wishing him the best.

"Josh has been a great servant for the club both as a player and coach and the impact he has had on our midfield group, in particular, will be felt for years to come, with his wife Karolina's family based in South Australia, we fully understand and support the decision they have made as a family," Bell said within a prepared statement.

This latest shift back to the City of Churches will be the third made by Carr, with the former first-round draftee now in his third stint with the Power as a player and coach, each interspersed between time spent with the Dockers.