10 Dec, 12:23
Ireland's John Lacey will referee his first ever RBS 6 Nations match in February, while Alain Rolland is also included in the Elite Panel in what is his last season.
The 31-year-old is eager to improve on the success that Dougan has brought to the Gibson Park club, with the senior side currently seventh in AIB League Division Two.
Carey said: "It is a great honour to be asked to be coach of Malone and I hope to build on the foundations that Andy has laid."
Malone are delighted that he has agreed to accept the position of player-coach.
Carey worked for three years as a Youth Development Officer in Derry before his rugby career took off, so coaching is a natural progression for him.
The former Rotherham front rower took up rugby, aged 9, with local club Coleraine and one of his most memorable moments on a rugby pitch was playing alongside his dad in the Coleraine team that contested the 1995/96 Provincial Towns Cup final against Dungannon.