The Melbourne Football Club is pleased to announce that Adem Yze has joined the Club’s coaching panel for the 2021 season. 

Yze, who is a Life Member of the Club, returns to Melbourne with a wealth of coaching experience, having thrived in various positions at the Hawthorn Football Club. 

He joined Hawthorn at the start of the 2012 season and saw significant premiership success in his time there. The 43-year-old’s most recent role tackled match day strategy and opposition, while his portfolio also includes specialist goalkicking, development and assistant coaching.

General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney said Yze’s diverse coaching background would be a great asset for Melbourne. 

“We are excited that Adem has chosen to join the Club in a coaching role,” he told Melbourne Media.

“Adem is highly regarded within the industry and brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to the Club, having filled a number of senior coaching roles in his time at Hawthorn.

“Adem is passionate about Melbourne and we look forward to welcoming him back to the Club where he played for over 14 seasons.”

The former Demon, who played 271 games for the Club, has also completed his level four AFL coaching course. 

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After over a decade away, Yze said he was thrilled to be part of the red and blue once again.

“I’m really excited to be back at the Club but more importantly, I’m excited to be working alongside Goody (Simon Goodwin) and the coaching staff,” he told Melbourne Media.

“Goody and I have got a strong connection and I see us as a really good fit together. 

“I believe it’s an exciting list that can go places, and I’m looking forward to bringing what I’ve learnt along my coaching journey to the Club. 

“I’ve loved my time with the Hawks but the opportunity to grow in a different role, with different coaches, was something that was really enticing to me. 

“Being a past player back at my old Club is great, but as a coach, what I’m really excited about is getting to work with the other coaches, and playing my part to get Melbourne back to a consistent Finals’ outfit.”

Across his 14-year senior playing career, Yze kicked 234 goals, won the club’s Best and Fairest in 2001 and was named in the All Australian team in 2002.