Jordan Russell returned to IKON Park at the end of 2023 with a decade of coaching experience to his name, at both the Western Bulldogs and North Melbourne.

Russell’s appointment sees him reunited with Hansen, after the pair led Footscray to the VFL premiership as captain and coach respectively, back in 2016.

Pick No.9 in the 2004 draft, Russell played 116 games for Carlton (2005-2012), coming second in the John Nicholls Medal in 2010 and was appointed to the leadership group in 2011. 

After finishing his playing career for a season at Collingwood, he joined Footscray in 2014 as a VFL-listed player and AFL developmental coach, captaining the side that season to the first of two premierships.

Russell retired from playing at the end of 2017, transitioning fully into a coaching role with the Bulldogs, initially as a development coach before taking charge of the midfield and transition in 2020.

After six years at the Western Bulldogs, including the 2016 AFL Premiership as a development coach, Russell moved to North Melbourne, where he has spent the last three seasons as midfield and stoppage coach.

The 36-year-old brings with him 10 years of coaching experience, including a level 3 coaching accreditation, along with a Graduate Certificate of Sports Coaching from the University of Queensland.

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