Jordan Souter has more than proven his worth on the football field, but will extend his knowledge of the game to coaching.
The Tongala star has been appointed head coach of the Blues, taking over from Travis Edwards.
Edwards departed the club at the end of last month, unable to commit to the senior job past his one season at the helm.
Tongala follows a trend of clubs returning to the lifeblood of its culture, with Souter the son of Blues legend Mick. He said he was honoured to begin the role.
‘‘It means a fair bit to me, obviously it being my home club, I’ve always wanted do coaching from when I was young,’’ Souter said.
Souter’s experience as a player is well known, entering into an official leadership role as captain across the past two years.
But a group vote will determine next year’s skipper, although Souter will continue on as playing coach with the Blues in need of his on-field expertise across the ground.
Having coached the under-17s two years ago, the interleague representative already has an intricate knowledge of some of the younger members of the team.
But across all experience levels in the side, Souter said the emphasis would be on making the football club a positive place to be around.
‘‘We’ll just hopefully retain the majority of the playing list from last year and hopefully build on it, hopefully we’ll have a bit more fun because I reckon then we’ll see some success if there’s enjoyment,’’ he said.
The Blues finished 10th on the ladder with just three wins last season, including losing the last 11 games of the season.
But with injury woes crippling the side’s chances, Souter should have a greater pool of players to choose from this season.
The midfielder is ready to put his all into the top job.
‘‘(I’m excited to) get stuck into the pre-season and obviously recruiting is starting a bit later, so it’ll be good to get stuck into that also,’’ he said.