MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Marty Hore of the Demons kicks the ball during the round 5 AFL match between Melbourne and St Kilda at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Melbourne have added former defender Marty Hore back onto their list four years on from his last game in the red and blue.

The medium-sized defender was delisted by the Demons at the end of the 2021 season following a luckless run with injuries that prevented him from featuring at AFL level over his final two years with the club.

All 14 of Hore's games for Melbourne came in the 2019 season, where he showed promise and poise across Simon Goodwin's defensive line to average 15.57 disposals, 4.21 rebounds 50s and 4.93 marks per game.

An ACL injury, as well as quad and collarbone issues, hampered Hore's AFL career, with the 27-year-old now earning a new chance with Melbourne via the Supplemental Selection Period.

The Demons announced Hore's return on Monday at the opening of the SSP signing window, with the backman rejoining a number of his old teammates.

“We are really pleased to welcome Marty back to the club, and offer him a spot on our list,” Demons list manager Tim Lamb told Melbourne Media.

“Since departing the club at the end of 2021, Marty has had a really strong two years in the VFL; firstly for North Melbourne and then most recently with Williamstown. We have kept a close eye on what he's been able to produce and believe he has a lot to offer our program.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 09: Marty Hore of the Demons handballs during the 2019 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Melbourne Demons and the Brisbane Lions at Casey Fields on March 09, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

“Marty is thoroughly deserving of this opportunity, and we look forward to having him part of the red and blue once again.”

Hore won VFL Team of the Year honours in 2023 in his first season with Williamstown, where he averaged 23.1 disposals and 10.0 marks per game from 19 appearances to help lead the Seagulls to a finals finish.

Hore moved to Williamstown after a year with North Melbourne's reserves - his first season after leaving Melbourne.

He joins recently added Demons Caleb Windsor and Koltyn Tholstrup, who were selected in the first round of the National Draft last week, as well as father-son selection Kynan Brown in adding to Goodwin's stocks.