NEW Bridgewater coach Andrew Collins hopes to bring a piece of all five AFL coaches he played under to his new role.
Collins was announced on Friday as the new coach of the four-time defending Loddon Valley Football League premiers, taking over from Zac East.
The 24-year-old joins Bridgewater straight off Carlton's list this year.
Collins played 36 AFL games over the past seven years - 11 at Carlton and 25 at Richmond, where he was drafted to from the Bendigo Pioneers in 2006.
During his seven years in the AFL system, Collins was coached by Terry Wallace, Jade Rawlings, Damien Hardwick (Richmond), Brett Ratten and Mick Malthouse (Carlton).
"I think you take little bits and pieces of all your coaches," Collins said.
"I'll be a bit of a combination of all the coaches I've had over the years.
"My philosophy is based around enjoying your footy and we'll try to play an exciting brand.
"We'll be serious when we need to be on the training track and on game day, and the rest of the time we'll enjoy each other's company and have some fun."
Collins is following in the footsteps of his father, David, as Bridgewater coach.
David previously coached Bridgewater to two flags.
Meanwhile, as well as the new coaching role at Bridgewater, Collins will be padding up over the summer with United in the Emu Valley Cricket Association.