Tim Garlick will take another step in his coaching career next season.
After co-coaching Murray Football League club Cobram with Josh Noonan this year, Garlick, 23, has taken on the main role by himself at Picola District Football League north-west division club Tocumwal.
Garlick has signed up for three seasons at the Bloods, a side which he won a premiership with in 2009 at the tender age of 15.
Before spending the past three seasons with the Tigers, Garlick plied his trade in the NEAFL, appearing three times in the reserves for the GWS Giants.
His time at Scott Oval ended with Garlick on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in round five, but complications from surgery have pushed the timeline for full recovery back significantly.
Tocumwal was eliminated in the first week of finals this season, with Garlick aiming for a lift in approach and attitude around the club during his tenure.
‘‘I’ll try and bring a bit of professionalism to the role and all-round success in all ranks of football,’’ he told the Southern Riverina News.
‘‘With the fourths premiership win and the thirds winning their first final for a long time, I think the future is bright, so I’m looking forward to the next three years.
‘‘I had a couple of setbacks after the initial surgery on my ACL with a few infections, which led to going under the knife two more times. I’m up and running now and I’m confident I’ll get through the pre-season.
‘‘Playing round one next year is my goal.’’