Springbank has locked away Joe Otto as senior coach for the 2020 Central Highlands Football League campaign.
The club’s football manager Luke Kane told The Courier that Otto had committed to going on for a second season in the role and that it was a popular reappointment at Tigerland.
“I’ve been told by every supporter every week that we’ve got to re-sign this bloke,” Kane said.
“He was happy if we were happy. The supporters and players love him.”
Otto had been on Springbank’s radar for a few years and was eventually announced as Troy Beamond’s replacement following the side’s semi-final exit last year.
A premiership player with the Ballarat Swans in 2008 and flag-winning coach at Wickliffe-Lake Bolac in 2018, Otto has the Tigers in sixth spot on the ladder after the opening 11 rounds of the 2019 season.
Otto, who also played in a premiership with the Magpies as a youngster in 2005, said he was pleased to be staying on in the job.
“It’s a terrific club and everyone has been really welcoming. It’s a great club in general,” Otto, a non-playing leader, said.
“And I’ve got a great group of boys.
“I’m really glad I actually made the move (to Springbank) and I’m looking forward to going around again.”
Things started slowly this year with Springbank losing four of its first six games, but the team has recovered to win its past five outings.
The Tigers look destined to play in finals yet again and could still figure in the top four.
Springbank has games against Daylesford, Carngham-Linton, Waubra, Skipton and Bungaree before a round 17 bye.