NEW Horsham Saints coach Phil Butsch believes the club is a couple of key signings away from winning a premiership.
Butsch said with a number of talented youngsters coming through the ranks and a solid core group of players, the Saints would once again give powerhouses Dimboola and Horsham a run for their money.
The 2012 Toohey Medallist will step into the role after former coach Brendan Broadbent resigned last month because of work commitments.
Saints president Roger Sordello said he was delighted to have someone of Butsch's calibre put their hand up to coach.
"Phil displays everything you want as a leader," he said.
"He is an inspirational person and has the utmost respect from the playing group and the entire club."
Mr Sordello paid tribute to Broadbent for his services, which included getting the Saints to last season's Wimmera Football League grand final.
"Broady has left a great platform for the club going forward," he said.
Butsch said contacting the playing list in an attempt to get them on board for next season was first on his agenda.
"If everyone hangs around, we've got a good base to start with," he said.
"Broady has got everything up and going this year and hopefully I can build on that.
"It's all about working out who's staying and who we need to get us over the line recruiting-wise."
Saints players Nathan Clough and Mathew Combe have been rumoured to have joined Horsham District side Noradjuha-Quantong.
But Butsch is confident of holding onto the key pair.
"Hopefully they don't go, but at the end of the day it's their decision," he said.
"I believe that about 90 per cent of our playing group will hang around.
"We're only a couple of players away from going that step further,"
Alexander McCrae one of the Saints' best players during the second half of the season will be one of two assistant coaches, with a non-playing assistant to be confirmed later this week.