NORTH Albury premiership coach Akki Murthy has switched to rival club New City.
Murthy has committed for the next three seasons at Urana Road Oval as the Phoenix embark on a rebuild following the departure of several key players over the past 12 months.
"I'm excited to be joining New City," the level-two accredited coach said.
"It will be a great challenge.
"I'm really looking forward to it as we build a successful club where everyone has fun and builds their skills."
Murthy previously tasted success at Yackandandah.
Craig Footman will continue in his role as director of coaching.
New City has targeted former players who, due to family or work commitments, may have stopped playing cricket in their teens or 20's.
"Cricket is a sport that can be played at any age, by both girls and boys, women and men," incoming president Chris Green said.
"It's the kind of sport that the whole family can be involved in the club, whether they are playing, supporting or volunteering.
"We have families who have been part of the club for generations and that creates a unique type of community."
New City youngsters Coby and Liam Fitzsimmons have joined rival club East Albury over the off-season.