MIDFIELDER Shaun Monohan will take the reigns of the Southern Mallee Giants as senior playing coach for the 2017 season.
Fellow Giants player Luke Mahony will join him as assistant coach.
Giants president Stephen Hallam said he was confident in the two appointments.
“It is Shaun’s first time coaching and he was busting to do it,” he said.
“He has so much respect from all the players and when you have that you are already on the front foot.
“It was a no-brainer. All the players wanted him to come back playing or coaching.
“We will have him in the centre moving out forward.”
Monohan replaces premiership coach Geoff Burdett.
Hallam said assistant coach Mahony was selected for similar reasons.
“The players really look up to him, he is a hard ball get,” he said.
“He goes in hard with his body all the time and he is one of the nicest blokes you’ll ever meet.”
Hallam said he is looking forward to the 2017 season.
“The supporters and the players and I just can’t wait,” he said.
“I have had a lot to do with recruiting and I have never been so excited for a football season to start.
“Hopefully we can come out better again because most of our players will be playing together for their third year.”