FIVE-time Golden Square premiership player Mark Lloyd is headed to North Central Football League club Wedderburn.
Lloyd has been one of the star players of the Bendigo Football League through more than 150 senior games with the Bulldogs.
He's one of four players to have played in Golden Square's five premierships in a row, but will join Wedderburn alongside his former team-mate Luke Rosa.
Rosa, a three-time Golden Square premiership player who retired last year, is the new coach of Wedderburn, with Lloyd to be his assistant.
"It's not easy leaving Golden Square, particularly considering when I started there we didn't have success for a while and we've obviously had some lately," Lloyd said on Friday.
"But I'm not getting any younger and there's some good young kids coming through at Golden Square.
"It makes it a little bit easier being able to leave the club when they're in such a healthy position to hopefully, have another crack at a flag.
"The great thing about Golden Square is while the club has had that short-term success in terms of premierships, they are always looking long-term and putting in the time to develop their youngsters.
"Now I'll be able to look from afar as those young players develop."
Lloyd - this year's Bendigo Addy BFL Player of the Year - and Rosa join Wedderburn on the back of the Redbacks having won the past three NCFL flags, during which the club has won 45 of 55 games.
The Redbacks last month defeated Charlton by 12 points in the grand final.
"They have been fortunate to win three flags in a row, so they obviously have a really good culture at Wedderburn," Lloyd said.
"From what I hear from the guys I know who play there, it's a fantastic club, so I'm looking forward to it."
Golden Square football operations manager Shawn McCormick said Lloyd left with the club's best wishes.
"He has been a fantastic player and ambassador for the footy club and we wish him and his family all the best up at Wedderburn," McCormick said.
"He will always be recognised as a great Golden Square player, and one day in the future we believe he'll come back in some capacity.
"I can't speak highly enough of Lloydy."