Former captain Dodd, who amassed 183 appearances and 41 goals for the Reds, has joined Ivan Karloviฤ‡โ€™s W-League coaching staff.

The 37-year-old said he had spent some time coaching the MetroStars in the NPL but this challenge was another level.

โ€œItโ€™s going to be an interesting time for me," he said.

โ€œThis is certainly a step up in professionalism in terms of what the womenโ€™s team want to achieve.ย 

โ€œTalking to Ivan, the girls have genuine ambition to improve themselves, to make finals, and potentially win a championship.ย 

โ€œIโ€™m looking forward to contributing to that and trying to help the team achieve that goal.

โ€œIโ€™m eager to work with Ivan as well because heโ€™s a respected coach and achieved really good things in the past.ย 

โ€œI hope to learn from him because, whilst Iโ€™ve been a player, I havenโ€™t had a lot of experience in coaching and seeing Ivanโ€™s approach to the game first-handย will help definitely help me too.โ€ย 

Adelaide United Chairman, Greg Griffin, said he was delighted to be welcoming back one of the club's greats.

โ€œIโ€™m positive he will be a wonderful addition to our W-League teamโ€™s coachingย staff," Griffin said.

โ€œThis is a massive step in the right direction for the club in recognising past legends and will definitely benefit everyone.โ€ย 

Dodd will take his place on the Adelaide United bench on Friday night when the Reds take on Western Sydney Wanderers FC at the Marden Sports Complex inย Round 8 of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.ย ย 

The coaching staff have their work cut out for them with the Reds currently sitting bottom of the W-League table.