Brad Scott will be coach of Essendon for at least the next four years. Essendon president Dave Barham announced his appointment late on Thursday, bringing the Bombers’ search to a hectic end.

He played for Hawthorn and the Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League. He was the coach of the North Melbourne Football Club from 2010 until 2019.

“This is a significant appointment and another important step forward in the progress of our club,” Barham said in an email to members.

“Throughout the process, it was clear the club required a strong leader and Brad’s track record as a player, coach and administrator demonstrated this.

“We believe Brad has all the attributes to be the long-term coach of the Essendon Football Club. He’s a strong leader who will drive standards and establish a winning culture.”

Scott, 46, is the twin brother of the reigning premiership coach, Geelong’s Chris Scott. They were premiership teammates in Brisbane’s highly successful team at the start of the century

Scott’s task is to resurrect the fortunes of the Bombers, a 16-premiership powerhouse, but without even a finals win to their name since 2004.