Former Lavington mentor James Saker has returned to coaching with Werribee.
Saker, who guided the Panthers to two Ovens and Murray grand finals during his six years at the helm, will take over as backline coach at Werribee and oversee team defence.
Prior to joining Lavington in 2012, he made more than 50 appearances for the VFL outfit and played alongside Michael Barlow, who is now Werribee's senior coach.
"The last couple of years have been a bit stop-start for everyone and I think I'm more passionate about the coaching side of it rather than playing now and this is a pretty good opportunity to step into at this level," Saker said.
"I got the call from Mick and had a bit of a think about it but once I made the call I was really excited by it.
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"I think getting back to a club I've had some history with and know a lot of the people around the place is exciting to be a part of again and to try to help bring it some success.
"Team defence is obviously huge in all levels of footy and I'm keen to build that team defence culture.
"The thirst for knowledge and learning that the players will have is one aspect I'm really looking forward to."
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