WESTERN Bulldogs fan favourite Dale Morris has made the immediate move into coaching, joining the club's coaching panel for the 2020 season.

Morris announced his retirement from the AFL just over a month ago, after suffering a third ACL injury in his comeback game in round 19.

The 36-year-old premiership defender will be a development coach at the Kennel, helping guide one of the youngest lists in the League.

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Morris said he can't wait to 'sink his teeth' into the new role.

"This opportunity came about and I was really excited by it," Morris said.

"To be able to stay and hang around and help this club further, I'm pumped.

"At the end of the day, footy is what I love."

Meanwhile, former Blue and Pie Jordan Russell will move into an assistant coaching position, having been a development coach with the Dogs for the past five seasons. 

Club champion Rohan Smith will return to an assistant coaching position too, after being in charge of the club's development program for the past two years.

Western Bulldogs 2020 coaching team

Luke Beveridge – senior coach
Steven King – senior assistant coach (opposition, training and strategy)
Rohan Smith – assistant coach (defensive systems and backs)
Jordan Russell – assistant coach (midfield)
Joel Corey – assistant coach (stoppages and set plays)
Ash Hansen – assistant coach (offensive systems and forwards)
Daniel Giansiracusa – VFL head coach
Jamie Maddocks – development manager
Dale Morris – development coach