FORMER Wangaratta star Luke Norman has declared his interest in the vacant Wangaratta coaching position.
The Magpies controversially parted ways with Luke Morgan last week with president Tony Goodison citing salary cap pressure as the main reason for the bombshell decision.
Norman said it was a long-held ambition to coach his home club.
"I would absolutely love to coach Wangaratta," Norman said.
"I have fond memories of Norm Minns Oval and it's where I grew up playing football.
"I have close family ties to the club with several generations of the family playing for the Magpies.
"I feel after playing AFL and spending time in the SANFL as a player and coach that I have been fortunate enough to gain a lot of knowledge and experience.
"It would be a privilege to coach my home club and pass some of that knowledge on."
Norman relocated to Wangaratta in January last year and boasts a glittering playing career and impressive coaching resume.
The star Magpie was regarded as one of the premier players in the O&M during the 1990s and is a dual best and fairest winner.
Norman was drafted by Melbourne in 1994 and played 16 matches at the elite level.
In 2004, Norman was appointed captain of West Adelaide in the SANFL and won the best and fairest award that year.
He also captained the club in 2005.
Norman coached the Sturt reserves to a premiership in 2008 and took over as senior coach the following season.
In his first year as coach he steered Sturt into the SANFL grand final, which they lost to Central District.
He spent a further two seasons as coach.
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Norman has also had stints as an assistant coach at Woodville-West Torrens and Glenelg.
The 48-year-old helped Wangaratta reserves coach Cam Eaton last season.
Norman also boasts an extensive contact list including Melbourne coach Simon Goodwin and dual Adelaide premiership ruckman Shaun Rehn who he talks to on a regular basis.
"Having a bit to do with Wangaratta reserves who got beat in the preliminary final last year re-ignited my passion for coaching," he said.
"I feel I have got a lot of contacts throughout Australia with Simon Goodwin a family friend, I played footy with Alastair Clarkson.
"I have also got a lot of contacts in South Australia and have a great relationship with Shaun Rehn.
"I utilise these guys as mentors and it would be a fantastic opportunity if I was appointed coach of my home club."
Wangaratta, is one of four O&M clubs on the hunt for a new coach.
North Albury, Corowa-Rutherglen and Wodonga are also set to appoint new mentors for next season.
There is speculation that premiership coach Dean Stone, Josh Fraser and injury-prone Collingwood utility Ben Reid are all interested in the Magpies' top job.
Stone coached the Magpies to their most recent flag in 2017 after they stunned red-hot favourite Albury in the decider.
He was also at the helm the following season when the Tigers got sweet revenge over the Magpies.