NEW South Bendigo coach Jeff Brennan expects to have the Bloods challenging for the top three in the Bendigo Football Netball League next season.
Brennan was appointed to take over the reins at South on Tuesday.
Brennan, who coached Maryborough this year, steps into the role vacated by Rick Coburn after seven seasons in charge.
Coburn had the Bloods firing in top spot at the halfway mark last season, but South dropped-off to miss the finals.
Brennan is confident he'll have enough talent on the list to get the Bloods back into the finals mix next year.
South Bendigo sets sights on top three
"They've got the group of players that have got the framework to be a very successful team," Brennan said.
"They proved this year that they've got the list that is capable of competing at the pointy end (of the season).
"By us maintaining our list and improving it our expectations would be...like any of the other top six teams (last season) is to push into finals and to push into the top-three to give yourselves a reasonable chance to be there at the pointy end.
"I think from my point-of-view as a fresh set of eyes coming in to take over that list I'll obviously make some adjustments.
"I'll look to try and improve some players on that list and give the side greater flexibility by developing these players to play in different spots.
"My immediate job moving forward is to finalise the footy department, which includes our coaching staff.
"Then we look to retain our entire list before we look to improve it."
Brennan has coached Bendigo's inter-league team for the past five seasons as part of a 20-year coaching career.
He's won four flags, two as a coach, and hungers for another with South, where he previously coached in 1998 and '99.
"When the opportunity arose for me to go back there and coach it was too good to pass up," Brennan said.
"Obviously, with the planned move to Kennington and the future plan for the club moving forward, it's going to be exciting times."
South Bendigo development manager Peter Tyack said now is the ideal time for Brennan to return to the club.
"When we found out he was going to be available...a guy like him the club was really keen to secure his services," Tyack said.
"It's certainly something that we need at the club is to bring in a few new ideas.
"We just need to tweak a few little things.
"Rick Coburn's done a brilliant job over the last seven years, but I think it's the perfect time to bring in someone like Jeff Brennan.
"With his credentials and experience, it's just invaluable for us.
"We really think by keeping our playing list together that we hope to certainly be playing finals football next year."