MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Alex Rance of the Tigers handballs during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on July 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Alex Rance has signed on with Essendon as a part-time development coach for the 2022 season.

The five-time All-Australian played 200 games for Richmond before an ACL injury brought an end to his decorated career in 2019.

This isn't Rance's first affiliation with the Bombers however, having he helped fill in for their VFL team last year in a game against Southport earlier this season.

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The premiership defender has a good relationship with coach Ben Rutten having worked under him when at Richmond.

“I’m really excited to join the Bombers as a development coach for next season,” Rance said via the club's statement.

“I couldn’t think of a better place to start my journey as a coach in the AFL. Having familiar faces in ‘Truck’ (Ben Rutten) and ‘Cara’ (Blake Caracella) around to work with was really appealing to me.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Alex Rance of the Tigers celebrates during the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

“I really enjoyed my experience with the VFL Bombers up in Queensland earlier this year, and I loved helping those young players grow and learn, which will be a big part of my role here.

“I can’t wait to get started and help the club towards success.”

Rance will work alongside Bombers development coaches Leigh Tudor, Jack Jones and Cam Roberts at Essendon.