The Western Bulldogs have appointed Luke Beveridge as their new AFL coach, replacing Brendan McCartney.
McCartney had been contracted until the end of the 2016 season, but was sacked last month following captain Ryan Griffen's decision to walk out on the club.
Earlier this year, Beveridge was appointed St Kilda's director of coaching, having previously served as an assistant at Hawthorn.
"There's a sense of nostalgia," Beveridge said on his return to Footscray where he played 31 games between 1993 and 1995.
"The group is a good blend of youth and experience. The club's always had a real homey feel to it and I've been reassured that still exists."
Beveridge says he has grown into a more rounded coach and will bring an adaptable approach to the Bulldogs.
"[My coaching style] went from being very adventurous at the start, to a bit more rounded. I consider myself as a coach that adapts my style and my plans to my playing group and their capabilities," he said.