Castlemaine appoints coach
SHANE Robertson is Castlemaine's last premiership coach, but he has no interest in looking to the past now that he is back at the helm.
The Magpies announced on Thursday Robertson has been appointed coach for the next two Bendigo Football League seasons.
Robertson previously coached the Magpies from 1999 to 2002, which included leading the club to the 2000 premiership - Castlemaine's last flag.
Robertson takes over from Brett Fitzpatrick at a club that hasn't played finals since 2005, and has won just six games the past four years.
Hopefully, I can steer them in the right direction.
"I'm excited about coming back being a premiership coach there, but obviously, a fair bit of water has gone under the bridge since," Robertson said.
"It was a bit of a roller-coaster ride for them last season, but it will be good to get back there and hopefully, help them out.
"We're not making any huge promises, but hopefully, I can steer them in the right direction.
"I'm not looking at what has happened in the past. They have a very good structure going forward, they are stable within the club and the under-18s will be back on board next year."
Since leaving Castlemaine in 2002, Robertson coached Hepburn to four Central Highlands Football League premierships, while he also coached Seymour in the Goulburn Valley Football League this year.
"Castlemaine has been competitive at times over the past few years, but we'll aim to get them more consistent," Robertson said.
"They are a young group and there's a lot to work with, so I look forward to it."