ADELAIDE legend Mark Ricciuto will join the club's board on July 1, with the Brownlow Medalist declaring he has always wanted to "give back" to the club.
The three-time best and fairest winner said that having developed his various hotels to the point where he could delegate their management, the timing was right to join the board.
While Ricciuto will join the board on July 1, incumbent board members John Sutton and Peter Hurley will depart at the end of the season after 14 years of service.
Crows chairman Rob Chapman said Ricciuto would satisfy the board's lack of "recent football experience", but insisted his business and financial skills would also prove assets.
Ricciuto hoped the football knowledge gained during his playing career and since would aid the club for which he played 312 games.
"I've seen more games a week over the last seven years than I ever did throughout my playing [career], I've seen all footy clubs form the bottom to the top in all states and I've learnt a lot of things about that," Ricciuto said.
"The footy clubs have changed and footy's changed [since retirement] but I think the core things are still very, very similar.
"Over the next few months of the year important decisions will be made that will shape next year."
Ricciuto insisted his appointment to the board wouldn't impact on his career in the media.
He pointed to the likes of James Brayshaw, Eddie McGuire and David Koch as examples of those who successfully juggled dual roles.