Adelaide has announced the appointment of Scott Burns as Senior Assistant Coach.

The highly regarded Burns is the Club’s first appointment to its new-look coaching panel for Season 2021, joining the Crows from Hawthorn where he has spent the last three years as an assistant under Alastair Clarkson.

He has been in AFL coaching ranks for over a decade, with successful stints at West Coast and Collingwood, and will now mentor Adelaide's defenders.

Originally from Norwood, he also enjoyed a decorated on-field career, playing 264 AFL games with Collingwood and captaining the club.

Crows Head of Football Adam Kelly described Burns as a quality person whose skills and experience are well suited to the current profile of the playing list.

“Scott is highly regarded by everyone he has worked with across the industry,” Kelly said. 

“We are excited by what he will  bring to our coaching group, having gleaned knowledge and experience from some of the best coaches of the modern era. 

“He knows what it takes to be part of a successful football program and we can’t wait for him to start.”

Burns is excited at the prospect of working with Adelaide’s emerging players. 

“When I reflect on my coaching career so far, the most enjoyable and rewarding times have been working with a developing playing list, with young players supported by strong on-field leaders,” Burns said.

“The Crows have talked about transitioning their list and we saw positive signs in the last few weeks of the season. 

“I feel as though my skills and experience can help Nicksy and the other coaches, as well as the playing group, going forward.”