MITTA United have appointed Aaron Lezius as senior coach.
Lezius will return to the coaching box for the first time since 2015 when he led Upper Murray Football Netball League club Cudgewa to the premiership.
"Ever since I retired I've tried to stay away from it because I knew I'd probably want to be involved again," Lezius said.
"I work with Rhys Preston who plays at Mitta and that was the connection.
"Every Monday is just footy talk all day.
"I went and watched a few games and the opportunity presented itself so I put my hand up.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into it."
Lezius played 222 matches for Hume league club Jindera before spending four seasons, including two as coach, with Cudgewa before retiring.
Lezius and Preston were teammates at Jindera.
Ben Dower will be one of Mitta United's assistants while the Blues are hopeful of securing another signature in coming weeks.
Ben Parker will take over as reserve grade coach after switching from Bullioh.
Club president Alex Beggs said Lezius would help the club build on this season's eight victories and a draw.
The Blues finished sixth on the ladder but were eight premiership points and percentage behind fifth-placed Tallangatta.
"We think Aaron is the ideal person to carry on the good work of Phil Packer," Beggs said.
"Phil came back last year and helped us get a lot of locals playing again.
"He's been fantastic.
"Aaron has played a lot of footy and has coaching experience so we're pretty excited about the appointment."
Youngsters Fraser O'Connell, Ben William and Jaxon Crowe were solid performers in the seniors this season with officials hopeful they will develop further next year.
Will Teunon played seven matches before breaking his collarbone.
Harry Moxy and Jordan McKenzie are also coming through the ranks.
In a huge boost for Mitta United, former captain Beggs intends to play again after missing this season with a knee injury.
Joe Hodgkin also injured his knee in 2018 and will resume playing.
Meanwhile, Kiewa-Sandy Creek have re-appointed coach Adam Mudra for a third term.
The Hawks have finished premier and third under Mudra's leadership with the club confident it can remain a force.
"Our list retention is pretty good and our thirds are playing in the grand final on Saturday so hopefully a few more kids can push up," Mudra said.
Beechworth is the only club in the league yet to announce its senior coach for next season.