Nathan Van Berlo celebrates the Crows' 2017 preliminary final win with Taylor Walker. Picture: AFL Photos.

FORMER Adelaide captain Nathan Van Berlo is returning to the Crows as midfield coach for 2021.

Van Berlo, West Coast's current midfield coach, has agreed to join the Crows' revamped coaching panel for next season in a major boost for the club's rebuild.

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He will continue to coach out the season with the Eagles before returning to South Australia ahead of 2021.

Adelaide identified Van Berlo as a key target for its coaches box alongside Matthew Nicks entering his second season and have successfully pulled off their second coaching coup. 

The Crows this week landed Hawthorn assistant and former Collingwood captain Scott Burns as backline coach and senior assistant for next season.

It follows the departure earlier in the week of midfield coach Michael Godden and forwards coach Ben Hart, while the Crows also agreed to a mutual settlement with backline coach Martin Mattner in May.

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Van Berlo captained the Crows for four seasons from 2011-2014 before retiring at the end of 2016 as a life member of the club following 205 AFL games.

He is also in business with Crows director of football Mark Ricciuto, the pair joining former Crows teammate Bernie Vince in rebuilding the iconic Hackney Hotel in Adelaide.


Van Berlo, 34, spent 2017 as a development coach at the Crows before joining the Eagles ahead of their 2018 premiership season.

He worked as stoppages coach alongside midfield coach Sam Mitchell in his first season before taking the reins as midfield coach for 2019 and 2020.

The Crows have also held talks with Richmond senior advisor Neil Balme about joining the club in a key football administration role for 2021.

Balme, who remains in Melbourne after relinquishing the running of the Tigers' football department to Tim Livingstone, is understood to be have been weighing up the move but a decision is yet to have been made.