Former Western Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney will join Melbourne next season after being named as the club's new development and strategy coach.
McCartney left the Bulldogs earlier this month a day after captain Ryan Griffen publicly asked to leave the club amid suggestions of a communications breakdown between the coach and players.
Griffen subsequently was traded to GWS together with pick six in the AFL draft in exchange for young forward Tom Boyd.
The Demons announced McCartney's appointment in a statement on Monday, saying that he would take the development and strategy position under Paul Roos before moving to a mentor role when Simon Goodwin takes over as coach from 2017.
"We are delighted that Brendan McCartney has agreed to join us in the role of development and strategy coach," manager of football operations Josh Mahoney said.
"He has a proven record and reputation in developing players and his appointment adds valued experience to our development program."
The Demons said McCartney would take up his position in February 2015.