Blighty assistant coach Jack Tyndall has stepped up into the top job for the 2018 Picola League season.
The Redeyes made the announcement this week, with the talented 23 year-old taking on a playing-coach role.
The running defender, who won the club’s best and fairest this year, said he was excited about the season ahead.
He said working closely with outgoing coach Daniel Kirchen had helped him prepare for the senior coaching role.
‘‘I’ve had a lot of help off Kirch, so I have to thank him for this opportunity,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a big job and it’ll be a lot of hard work, but I’m pretty confident that it’ll be a smooth transition.
‘‘Kirch had me take on a lot more responsibilities throughout the year. I took control of a fair few training sessions.
‘‘He (Kirchen) said that if I ever need some advice that he’s just a call away.’’
Tyndall said his first goal as senior coach is to re-sign the senior players from this year’s squad.
After losing a preliminary final by five points to Strathmerton this season, Tyndall said his side would aim to go one step further in 2018.
‘‘We were only one goal away from a grand final so I’m confident in our chances next year if we can keep everyone around,’’ he said.
‘‘We might see if we can pick up a few players but we don’t need to mix it up too much.
‘‘Charlie Simpson is one that is likely to leave, due to having work in Darwin, but I think we should be able to keep most of the players at Blighty.’’
Tyndall said he hoped to have an announcement on assistant coaches soon.