KALKEE'S quest to regain the Horsham District Football League premiership is off to an early start with the signing of new senior coach Trevor O'Brien.
O'Brien replaces outgoing coach Matt Beddison and will take the reins at the Kees for the 2014 season.
He has coached at several clubs across Australia, most recently at Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
He is well-credentialled, with four premierships as a senior coach to his name.
Originally from the Northern Territory, O'Brien played at Jeparit and Homers in the 1990s before moving away.
He moved back to the region with his family in January and said he became interested in coaching Kalkee towards the end of the 2013 HDFL season.
He was also in talks with the Wimmera Football League's Horsham Saints but eventually signed with the Kees.
"It was interesting because before you sign on, you've got to make sure it's the right fit for you and the club," he said.
"From my talks with the Kalkee footy club, what they want suits what I want.
"They want to get an outsider coach because they've gone in-house for the past few years and they basically need a fresh voice and a fresh face and fresh ideas."
Kalkee president Dean Johns said O'Brien was an ideal coach for the club, which is looking to rebound after a loss to Laharum in this year's grand final ended a streak of five consecutive flags.
Johns said O'Brien would bring a new perspective to the club.
"We're absolutely rapt to have someone like that come into the area and want to coach us," he said.
"He's exactly what we need he's a coach with experience and he's got a lot of outside ideas."
It marks the first time since Kalkee's run of dominance started that the team has hired an outsider as a senior coach.
Recent coaches include Beddison, Tim Wade, Josh Mibus and Steve Schultz.