CARLTON has appointed Hamish McIntosh as its new ruck coach ahead of the 2019 season.
McIntosh, himself standing at 203cm, played 126 games over eight years with both North Melbourne and Geelong before he was forced into retirement midway through 2015.
He has spent the last three years playing with Strathmore in the EDFL, but is set to rejoin the AFL ranks when he arrives at Ikon Park ahead of the club's 2019 pre-season campaign.
"As a former AFL ruckman who has only recently left the game, we believe Hamish has valuable experience and knowledge that will aid the development of our emerging rucks, so we're thrilled to have him on board," Carlton footy boss Brad Lloyd said.
"He'll work closely with Tom De Koning and even Harry McKay and Levi Casboult, who can pinch-hit in the ruck, as well as our more experienced ruckmen in Matthew Kreuzer, Matthew Lobbe and Andrew Phillips.
"Throughout his career at North and Geelong he was passionate about developing the budding talent around him, which also saw him take up roles at the Northern Knights and Vic Metro while he was still playing AFL.
"Hamish’s appointment finalises our coaching structure for next season, as we look to further enhance stability and continuity between the coaches and players.
"As we move into the next phase of our development, it’s important we build on those strong relationships that have been formed over the last three years."
McIntosh will be the only addition to Carlton's 11-man coaching panel this off-season, with former midfield coach Tim Clarke departing and taking up a role at Gold Coast.
Sav Rocca had been working as Carlton’s part-time ruck coach, but moves into the role as a specialist goal kicking coach in 2019.