Former Adelaide Crows coach Neil Craig has chosen to work at the Melbourne Foootball Club instead of others, including Carlton and Brisbane.
He has been appointed Melbourne's director of sports performance, a role which should see him act as a mentor to first-time coach Mark Neeld, who was appointed two weeks ago.
Craig, who was Adelaide’s fitness coach during their premiership years of 1997 and 1998, was head coach from 2004 until his resignation in July.
The 55-year-old’s experience in sports science and coaching have led to several clubs showing interest in his services for next season, including Carlton, Brisbane and Richmond.
Craig was quoted on the Melbourne website as saying he was convinced by discussions with Melbourne officials that their club was "serious about becoming a high performance football club".
"I love the history of the Melbourne Football Club. When I walk through the MCG and look at the honor boards I see that the Melbourne Football Club started this game, wrote the rules and have produced some all time great coaches."
"In Mark Neeld I see a coach that has a clear vision and I wanted to be part of this coaching group that will work really hard to give the members and supporters what they have been craving for."
Prior to becoming head coach, Craig worked as an assistant coach and as a fitness adviser with Adelaide, overseeing back-to-back premierships in 1997 and 1998. He also advised the Australian cycling team at the Sydney Olympics. Craig played 319 games in the SANFL and is a member of the South Australian Hall of Fame.
Melbourne describes Craig's position as providing "leadership, strategic direction and management support across all aspects of the Football Department’s performance structure including Senior Coach Mark Neeld, Elite Performance Manager David Misson and General Manager, Player Development & Strategy Todd Viney". http://www.theage.co...0929-1kyoo.html