It hasn't been the easiest introduction to a senior coaching position, but Tristan Batten will go again at Ballan in 2020.
Batten, who replaced Jason McNamara upon his resignation at the end of 2018, has agreed to go on for another year, keen to build some stability at the helm.
"We discussed the senior coaching job at Ballan and how we thought it would be good to get some stability," Batten told The Courier.
"Coaches have come and gone and at this stage in their (the playing group's) development they need someone to tough it out and do the ground work.
"I said to them that as long as the club is happy with the job I'm doing, I will do it for as long as I think I can help the group progress."
Batten, who has mixed his role with stints on-field and from the sidelines, has only managed two wins so far in season 2019.
The Blues beat Clunes and Carngham-Linton in the early rounds, but have not recorded a victory since round five.
"Tough year obviously but it was to be expected after missing out on the group of recruits that we had pencilled in at the start of the year," Batten said.
"We have around five players who are over 25 and that have played 50 senior games, the rest are in their infancy in terms of being senior footballers.
"Although results have been tough, it has been good to get some valuable games into the local boys.
"Keeping everyone together and getting some recruits in over the next few years is going to be important."
Ballan vice president David O'Hanlon said it had been a long time since the club had a senior coach last longer than two years in the position.
"We are hopeful Tristan will be a long-term coach... five years plus," O'Hanlon said.
"We were a bit unlucky with recruits this year for various reasons, but he has done a fantastic job with our young local kids.
"He lives local, is always at the club and is well liked by all the players and supporters."
Ballan won six games last season, finishing 11th on the ladder. The club has not played senior finals since 2015 when under the care of former AFL player Mark Williams.
Batten will lead his side into battle on Saturday for the clash with Dunnstown, which is coming off back-to-back victories.
After that, the Blues have games against Beaufort, Hepburn, Rokewood-Corindhap and Creswick to close out the campaign.