Marcus Wagner, Melbourne’s new general manager of football operations, says there is a “real hunger” for more success at the club, as both AFL and AFLW players continue their pre-season programs.
Wagner joins the Demons from Collingwood, where he had been a long-time staffer. He replaces Daniel McPherson, who has joined North Melbourne as their general manager of football performance. Wagner’s role covers the AFL, AFLW, VFL and VFLW programs.
The reigning premiers have a new football operations manager.Credit:Getty Images
“I can’t wait to work closely with staff and players across both the men’s and women’s programs, as we continue to build on the strong foundations the club has already laid,” Wagner said.
“The club is in great shape both on and off the field, and from our discussions so far, there is a real hunger to continue to develop and improve further.
“I am excited to hit the ground running and join the red and blue at what is in an exciting time for the Melbourne Football Club.”
Wagner had played a key role at the Magpies in development of the club’s high-performance training facilities and AFLW program and had recently been in charge of strategic projects.
Demons’ chief executive Gary Pert, who knew Wagner from their time together at Collingwood, said the appointment would ensure the Demons were well-placed in their quest for back-to-back men’s premierships.
“This is an exciting appointment for the club given the amount of experience that Marcus has already had overseeing a professional football program during a successful period for the Pies,” Pert said.