Ex-Carlton coach Brett Ratten will be plotting against the Blues next year after joining rival AFL club Hawthorn as an assistant coach.
Ratten, a Carlton premiership player and captain, coached the Blues from partway through 2007 until the end of this year’s season when he was replaced by Mick Malthouse.
The move comes after Hawks assistant Leon Cameron joined Greater Western Sydney under a plan to succeed Giants head coach Kevin Sheedy.
“Brett is an excellent addition to our coaching line-up and will bring a great deal of experience and coaching nous to our club,” Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said.
“With Leon’s recent departure, it’s pleasing that a coach of Brett’s calibre can step in immediately.”
Ratten, 41, will start his new job in November and told the Hawthorn club website he was thrilled to be joining the Hawks.
“It’s an honour to join the Club and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to work with Alastair and the other assistant coaches,” Ratten said.
“I really respect how they play the game and I see this as a great opportunity for me and one I’m really looking forward to,” he said.