Former captain Dodd, who amassed 183 appearances and 41 goals for the Reds, has joined Ivan Karlović’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.

“It’s going to be an interesting time for me," he said.

“This is certainly a step up in professionalism in terms of what the women’s team want to achieve. 

“Talking to Ivan, the girls have genuine ambition to improve themselves, to make finals, and potentially win a championship. 

“I’m looking forward to contributing to that and trying to help the team achieve that goal.

“I’m eager to work with Ivan as well because he’s a respected coach and achieved really good things in the past. 

“I hope to learn from him because, whilst I’ve been a player, I haven’t had a lot of experience in coaching and seeing Ivan’s approach to the game first-hand will help definitely help me too.” 

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

“I’m positive he will be a wonderful addition to our W-League team’s coaching staff," Griffin said.

“This is a massive step in the right direction for the club in recognising past legends and will definitely benefit everyone.” 

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 in Round 8 of the Westfield W-League 2017/18 season.  

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