Murray United has appointed Igor Srbinovski as the club's new senior coach for the next two seasons.
Srbinovski, who holds an A-Licence, becomes the most highly-qualified coach ever to be based in the region as United raises the bar in a significant move by the club.
The 29-year-old arrives with more than a decade of experience in high-performance and professional football, having served as an NPL Victoria technical director for the last four years.
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"This is the next step I've always wanted to take," Srbinovski said.
"There are many opportunities I wouldn't have taken at senior level because it needs to be the right place, the right setting and the right people involved.
"But once I'd met with chairman Darren Yates and his executives, my mind was already made up. I feel I can do something special at Murray United with such a supportive board.
"We have a shared vision and when we spoke, our values about football and about life were in line so it was an easy decision for me.
"I'm really grateful for the opportunity."
Srbinovski was most recently director of coaching at Altona Magic and prior to that, saw three of his young players at North Geelong Warriors sign for Melbourne Victory in the A-League.
Identifying the region's top players will be one of his first tasks as he looks to hit the ground running at Murray United.
Srbinovski said he will place a major emphasis on the region's youth and talent.
Murray will play in the newly-formed NPL3 in 2020 following a league restructure which will reduce their season from 28 rounds to 22.
The club will also be eligible to sign four visa players - up from two in its previous five seasons in NPL2.
Srbinovski will be in a full-time role at the club, also leading the Bright Red/SAP program.