NEW Oakleigh District playing coach Scott Chalwell believes his side will once again challenge for the Southern Football League division 2 premiership.
Oakleigh District lost last year's grand final in the final minutes and then lost former Sydney Swans star and respected coach Steven Wright late in the year after a dispute with a group of senior players.
Wright had led the side to the grand final and won the AFL Victoria coaches association senior coach of the year award.
The 27-year-old Chalwell, a former Bright assistant coach, will fill a role in Oakleigh District's forward line as well as coaching the team for the next two seasons.
He said he looked forward to the challenge of leading the side and had seen nothing but positive things since coming to the club.
He said the majority of his senior players had remained at the club and he hoped several friends from Bright and other clubs in the Ovens and Murray Football League would join him.
"The direction the club is going in looks great; they really look steady," he said.
"The core group is there and from the vibe around the club things look really good."
Chalwell, who works in Melbourne as a physical education teacher, said he had made the move to the club after good mates Jake and Dylan Amalfi told him about the role.
"We had always wanted to play together and when the coaching job came up I managed to get an interview and then got the job.
"A few boys who I used to coach in under-18s might be coming as well, as they study in Melbourne, but they won't be back in town for a couple of weeks."