Kyle McCarthy returns for a second stint as Southcity captain-coach.
After guiding the Bulls to consecutive grand final appearances in 2018 and 2019, McCarthy will replace his successor in the role next year.
With Nathan Rose linking with Gundagai after two COVID-interrupted seasons, McCarthy was more than happy to resume the mantle.
His desire to lead the club to the premiership was one driving forces behind the decision.
"I didn't get that premiership, as we lost both grand finals, so I thought I should have another go to get one and tick a box off on my life goals," McCarthy said.
The 33-year-old has welcomed a third child since Rose took over the coaching role.
Now as his family grows he feels better placed to commit.
"Having kids cut back time pretty quick and brought a little chaos into life but now that they're older and a little bit more mature it should make life easier this time around," McCarthy said.
Southcity football manager Matt Ward was thrilled McCarthy wanted to commit to another season as captain-coach.
He hopes the popular playmaker can help the club retain the majority of their squad from this year despite a number of key departures.
"He's been there and done that and has the playing group behind him," Ward said.
"He's a club junior who has his heart in the right spot.
"He made it to two grand finals last time so he did pretty well last time and we know he can do it, but we just didn't want to push him with a young family."
Rose, Cody Hodge and Luke McBeath all won't be at the club this season.
McCarthy knows they leave a big hole in the side who were second on the ladder before the season was called off.
"They are some big losses so we've got some work to do over the next couple of months to bring some bodies in and hopefully retain what is left," he said.
"That will be the first cab off the rank - trying to get everyone's pen to paper and keep a relatively close team list to what we had this year as it was successful."
Fitness is one thing McCarthy really wants to focus on.
It's something he's learnt from his first stint as coach.
"If you are fit enough to compete for 80 minutes you are in a good position to win a lot of football games," he said.
"I think that's the key - getting fit and making it a good environment.
"Winning comes off the back of it."