INAUGURAL Melbourne coach Mick Stinear has signed a two-year contract extension to tie him to the club till the end of the 2024 season.

Along with Brisbane's Craig Starcevich, Stinear is the longest serving AFLW coach, having taken the reins for the first season in 2017.

The 38-year-old has been making the trip up from Victoria's Surf Coast for years to coach the Dees, his journey often then extending down to Casey for training.

Mick Stinear addresses his Melbourne players during a training session at Casey Fields on April 7, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

He has a 39-15 win-loss record over his six and a half seasons, missing just one game for the birth of one of his children.

"Mick has been integral to building our AFLW program into what it is today, and we are lucky to have such a passionate and driven leader at the helm," Melbourne's general manager of AFLW Marcus Wagner said.

"Alongside his knowledge and skillset, Mick’s relationships with the players, coaches, football department and broader club staff are second-to-none. He has fostered an honest, high-performing environment, that our people feel proud to be part of. 

"We are excited to see what Mick and the team can achieve this year, and in the years to come."