Experienced Football Administrator Marcus Wagner has been appointed Melbourne Football Club’s new General Manager, Football Operations and AFLW.

Wagner, who has spent the last 13 years at the Collingwood Football Club, began his career in performance analytics before progressing to head up the club’s football operations. Over his journey with Collingwood, he has been heavily involved in the development of the club’s high performance training facilities and its AFLW program.

Melbourne CEO Gary Pert said Wagner was the perfect fit for the role given his experience within the AFL industry and will no doubt hit the ground running and maintain the momentum of the club’s AFL and AFLW operations.

“This is an exciting appointment for the club given the amount of experience that Marcus has already had overseeing a professional football program during a successful period for the Pies,” Pert told Melbourne Media.

“Marcus is a high-quality person with great values, who will work alongside Alan Richardson in his role as General Manager, Football Performance.

“Marcus is a great cultural fit for our club and will challenge us, improve us and assist us in building and maintaining the strength of both our AFL and AFLW programs.”

Wagner said he was excited to be joining the club and taking on a new challenge.

“I can’t wait to work closely with staff and players across both the men’s and women’s programs, as we continue to build on the strong foundations the club has already laid.

“The club is in great shape both on and off the field, and from our discussions so far, there is a real hunger to continue to develop and improve further.

“I am excited to hit the ground running and join the red and blue at what is in an exciting time for the Melbourne Football Club.“

Wagner will oversee the Football Operations for the AFL, AFLW, VFL and VFLW programs, filling the role previously served by Daniel McPherson, who announced his departure early in the month having accepted a position with North Melbourne. He will commence at the club in November.