CUDGEWA has appointed Bill Deery as coach for a second stint at the helm.
He replaces Aaron Lezius who recently announced his retirement after coaching the Blues for one season.
Deery previously coached the Blues in 2011 and last year after having played for Wodonga Raiders, Kiewa Sandy Creek and Jindera.
He led Cudgewa to successive heartbreaking grand final losses before spending this season away from football.
Deery said having 12 months off had given him the chance to re-charge the batteries.
“It should be good and I’m looking forward to it,” Deery said.
“I probably needed a spell but it’s all guns blazing again now.”
Deery cited unfinished business and winning the club’s first flag since 2000 as the motivating factors for his return.
“Coaching the club for two seasons and making the decider but not obtaining the ultimate success does leave a bit of a sour taste in your mouth,” he said.
“That was one of the reasons why I wanted to step away for 12 months.
“Just to give someone else a crack and get away for a little bit to re-charge and let the dust settle.
“Initially I didn’t have any intentions of going back but it’s just the way it has all worked out to be honest.”
Deery was looking forward to playing again after battling a bout of osteitis pubis during the 2012 season.
“The plan is to play again and hopefully the body can hold-up,” he said.
“I’m not sure what position at this early stage but I will wait to see who we recruit and then find a role for myself.”
Despite finishing fifth this season with a 5-9-1 record, Deery felt the Blues list was in good shape.
“The list is pretty good,” he said.
“They had a lot of young kids so you are always going to get that inconsistency.
“Aaron Lezius did a fantastic job with what he had to work with and was unlucky with the blokes that left and were unavailable.
“Everyone is staying next season and we probably just to pick-up another three or four bigger bodies to complement the kids.”
Deery commended rival Bullioh on the recent appointment of Peter Dean as coach.