The most highly-qualified soccer coach the region has seen will lead Murray United for the next two seasons.
Igor Srbinovski has signed a two-year deal with the Border NPL3 outfit and is the only coach in the club's five-year history to hold A-Licence credentials.
The 29-year-old arrives with more than a decade of experience in a high performance and professional capacity, having served as an NPL Victoria technical director for the past four years.
Srbinovski's most recent role was director of coaching at NPL club Altona Magic, who climbed from State League to the top division of Victorian soccer in the space of two seasons.
He also spent time at North Geelong Warriors, the club most recently coached by former Murray mentor James Coutts.
"It's a project that as soon as I spoke to the board, it's something I wanted to be part of," Srbinovski said.
"I'm very grateful to the board for forwarding me this opportunity to come in and imprint my views and vision."
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Srbinovski played at an equivalent to NPL2 and NPL3 competition, but developed a passion for coaching and opted to further pursue the opportunities that came his way.
"I've always wanted to get into senior coaching, but I've been waiting for the right opportunity because the game can swallow you up pretty easily," he said.
"I didn't want to think about anything else (outside of Murray) because the project is something I'm really keen on and it's a two-year project at the minimum. I hope that we can build something for the future.
"I love playing and the game is my life and I definitely miss playing, but I feel I can contribute a lot more as a coach and I'm looking forward to the next part of my coaching career."
The NPL3 season will be played over 22 rounds in 2020, down from the previous 28-game campaigns Murray has experienced since its debut season in 2015, while Srbinovski can have four visa players at his disposal.
"We'll fill those if need be, but if I feel the talent is here in the region, just for the sake of doing it (signing visa players), we won't do it," he said.
"This club was established to represent this region, it's not made to represent Melbourne, it's not made to represent England, it's meant to represent Albury-Wodonga and the greater Murray region.
"I've got no bias, I've got no relationships with anyone here. I'm here to help the region, whether it's a volunteer, a player or a coaching staff member, if they've got the right attitude and work ethic, I'll see the person they are and that's definitely an advantage."
Murray United chairman Darren Yates believes Srbinovski is the "total package" in terms of a coach.
"It's another sign that the club keeps setting the benchmark higher and it's a real credit to the club and the region that we can attract talent like Igor to the club," Yates said.
"There was a strong list of candidates from around the country and around the world, but the thing that stood out with Igor was his personal values and vision."
Srbinovski will be a full-time employee at the club, having also committed to running Murray's Bright Red/SAP program (skill acquisition program) on top of the senior role.
Murray will commence pre-season mid-November.