NATIMUK United has wasted no time in re-signing senior coach Sam Anson for next season.
Anson, who has guided the Rams to finals in the past two seasons, said he was eager to break into a grand final.
“I’m burning to get into the big dance and that is one hundred per cent our goal,” he said.
“Retention is really good. Brent Marra retired and Garry Hallam is also considering hanging up the boots for a year but everyone else is confirmed to be going around again.
“Kyal Murray, Jono Lovel, Alex Ridsdale, Jesse Wilkinson, Jordy Smith are some big names but everyone is going again next season.”
The Rams were hit with injuries this season, giving plenty of youngsters a taste at senior football.
“We ended up getting about seven of the under-17s into the senior side so they have some senior experience now,” Anson said.
“We have about 13 youngsters coming up next year and I’ve met with them and they are all keen to hang around. We will have a lot more depth next year.”
Natimuk United president Adam Blake said it was an easy call to re-sign Anson.
“It was the easiest decision we have had to make this year,” he said.
“Sam has brought massive leadership. He has strong connections to the club, he loves the place and people know him well. That’s valuable.
“He wanted to bring success back to Natimuk United. He has a plan and is a natural leader.”
The Rams have also re-signed leading goal scorer Jaydon Stiles for next season.
He said he thoroughly enjoyed his first season with the Rams.
“I’ve loved every minute of it and the club is fantastic, it’s like a family,” he said.
“The boys took me under their wing and it’s a great club to be around.”