STAWELL Warriors have signed former Fitzroy and Collingwood player Brad Cassidy as senior football coach for 2014.
Cassidy, who coached Stawell in 2009-10 before stepping down because of family reasons, will take the reins from caretakers Shane Field and Jamie Solyom.
President John Griffiths said he was delighted to pick up a coach of Cassidy's calibre.
"Brad's a Stawell local and we're pretty happy with that he's also got a fair bit of coaching experience," he said.
Griffiths said the new coach was initially sought out to join the Stawell football department involving himself, Tony Dark, Jeff Olafsen, Ian Barham, Mark Stainsby, Andrew Dunn, Shaun Allen and Tim Williams.
"We approached Brad to help us out in that department," he said. "But he said he was keen to coach us again.
"There was always a bit of a feeling of unfinished business, with Brad having to give up his coaching position with us during his second season when his wife Leisa was diagnosed with cancer."
Cassidy said he was excited about the opportunity and said Stawell had a bright future with a good crop of youngsters coming through the ranks.
"Tom Eckel, Jackson Dark, Zac Marrow, Jamie Bach are all quality young players and there's probably a few more who I've missed," he said.
"They're all very keen and they want success it's just a matter of helping them on that path."
The 37-year-old admitted he always had a 'burning desire' to coach again and jumped at the chance.
"It's something that I always wanted to do again and circumstances presented themselves," he said.
"Leisa's treatment is ongoing, but it's at a stage where the doctors can manage it."
Cassidy will be a non-playing coach.
He said the main aims would be to regain the majority of the squad and sign two playing-assistant coaches for some added experience.
"We're talking to a couple of guys at the moment, so we hope those discussions prosper in the next fortnight," Cassidy said.