Bruce will reunite with Senior Coach Chris Fagan who he worked alongside as midfield coach throughout Hawthorn’s three-peat of premierships between 2013 and 2015.

He has most recently been the Senior Assistant coach at Carlton with responsibility for the forward line.

In his nine years in coaching Bruce has coached across all lines as well as filling roles as development and stoppage coach.

He joined the AFL coaching ranks after a successful 234 game career that included a stint as captain at Melbourne where he also won the 2008 Keith Bluey Truscott medal winner as Club Champion.

The 41-year-old has admired from afar the rapid rise of the Lions in the Fagan era and admits he didn’t take too much convincing when he answered the call from his old colleague.

He will assume the role of Midfield Coach made vacant by the departure of Dale Tapping who has decided to return to Victoria. 

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to team up with Fages again and to work with a group that is really contending,’’ he said.

“And it is an opportunity to go on an adventure with my family who are all very excited about what lies ahead.

“I have a real passion for the caper and helping players get the most out of their careers and I am looking forward to getting up there and doing what I can to help this group continue to improve.’’

Lions GM of Football Danny Daly said Bruce would be a terrific addition to the football department.

“Cameron has compiled a very impressive resume in his time as an assistant coach,’’ he said.

“He has played under and worked with some of the sharpest footy minds in the game’s history and with his determination to constantly learn and develop his own coaching, he has built a skill set that will be a great asset to our footy Club.

“He’s also highly respected within the industry for his ability to build relationships and we know he is going to be a great fit at the Lions.’’