DARLEY has turned towards the Edwards brothers as coaches in the quest for an elusive Ballarat Football League premiership.
The Devils officially signed Jarrod Edwards as the head coach to take over from Rod MacPherson last night, with his younger brother and 2013 Henderson Medallist Jake Edwards to fill an assistant coaching role.
In a transition that had been in the pipeline for about a month, MacPherson will step aside but remain at Darley Park in a support role.
Edwards, who has been a key player at the club since 2008, said he was thrilled to take on the role but admitted it happened a bit sooner than he had expected.
"I always wanted to get into coaching, but I probably didn't think it would be this early," Edwards said.
"When an opportunity like this comes up you can't let it go."
With his younger brother by his side as assistant coach and eldest brother Dwayne also planning to play on next year, Edwards said his appointment highlighted the family nature of the club.
And in keeping with the theme, cousin Shane O'Bree is number one on his list of targets.
"I'm a family-orientated person and so is the club so it's going to be great," he said.
"We just lacked a bit of depth this year, we're not too far away at all."
Darley president Grant Wright said the club could not have been happier with MacPherson's two-year stint at the club and that it had actually tried to get him to extend its agreement.
"We're over the moon with Rocket (Rod MacPherson) and what he's done with the club," he said.
"The culture he brought has changed it so much and made us one of the most professional teams in the league."
Darley dropped out of the premiership race against North Ballarat City in the second week of the finals series this year.