North Ballarat City has lured a former AFL coach to lead the club for the next three years.
Brendan McCartney, the 66-game Western Bulldogs coach from 2012-2014, has signed on to join the club.
The club confirmed to The Courier that he put pen to paper on Monday night.
North City president Leon Jones said he was "blown away" by the appointment.
The 59-year-old is no stranger to coaching country football, having initially plied his trade in Geelong.
He guided Ocean Grove to four consecutive Bellarine Football League premierships from 1994 until 1997.
From 2000-2010, he was an assistant coach at the Geelong senior side.
McCartney spent three seasons as senior coach with Western Bulldogs, but was unable to coach the side to finals.
From there, he spent five years in various roles at Melbourne Demons before moving away from footy at the conclusion of the 2019 season.
"I'm really humbled to be offered the opportunity to become senior coach of North Ballarat Football Club," McCartney said.
"It is a great honour, and I'm looking forward to helping lead a club which is aligned from juniors to seniors, and play a role in developing football in the Ballarat community."