Former Brisbane defender Josh Drummond, who announced his retirement in September, has joined North Melbourne as a development coach.
Drummond, known for his pinpoint left-foot kicks and rebounding runs out of defence, retired after only 94 games in nine seasons with the Lions.
The Queensland product suffered a string of injuries.
Drummond, 29, will work alongside former teammate Brad Scott, focusing on the youngest Kangaroos as they seek to make the transition from the VFL to the AFL.
Drummond initially made contact with North Melbourne to discuss a chronic hip injury with renowned physiotherapist Steve Saunders, the side's medical services director.
"I came to get a bit of closure on where I was at and whether there was anything worth salvaging from a playing point of view," Drummond said of the latest in a long list of major injury setbacks.
"Once we came to the agreement that there probably wasn't much to do, we spoke about the coaching thing."It's really exciting to be down here and get stuck into it. I know (coach) Brad (Scott) well from playing and I've also met Brady (Rawlings) through his brother Jade who coached us up at Brisbane."