Former Richmond captain Chris Newman has taken the first step towards a senior AFL coaching position, signing up as a development coach with premiers Hawthorn.
The Hawks have become a factory for senior coaches, with five of the current crop in the AFL previously working as assistants to head coach Alastair Clarkson.
Newman, 33, retired at the end of the 2015 season after playing 268 AFL matches in a career spanning 15 years, having captained the Tigers for four seasons.
Newman said he was excited to take on the new role.
"I've been exposed a little bit to coaching so I feel like the development side is a really good fit for me here, and I'm looking forward to working with the younger boys," Newman told hawthornfc.com.au.
"Everyone sort of talks about Hawthorn as being the benchmark, not only on the field but off the field as well."