KERANG Football Club's charge for a premiership hat-trick will be led by Troy Coates.
A grand final victory capped Coates debut season as senior coach at the Central Murray Football League club.
Although he was a recruiting target for clubs near and far, Coates decided to stay with the Blues.
The 26-year-old midfielder-forward was assistant coach to Paul Grayling when Kerang won the 2012 premiership. Now the focus is staying at the top.
"A key focus in our recruiting is keeping the players from this season," said Coates.
"So far we have a dozen players from our premiership team commit to playing on with the club."
Coates said a key to Kerang's success was attitude and work ethic.
"It's not just about what happens on Saturday in matches, but our preparation."
The coach said the big grounds in the CMFL meant there was a lot of running to be done.
One of the quickest and most skilful in the Kerang team was Jaden McGrath.
He spent most of 2012 playing for Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup, but played a key role in the club's run in the finals and to the premiershjip.
McGrath played in the grand final wins of 2012 and '13, and when Kerang was runner-up in 2011.
Kerang's premiership team of 2013 included Luke Cotchett, who had previously played for Port Melbourne in the VFL, former AFL players Lance Picioane and Luke Livingston and assistant coach Travis Matheson.
"We had a few recruits to the club, but a lot of us are from Kerang," said Coates.
"There were 15 players in this year's grand final team who had studied at Kerang Tech High, so it's very much a team built from the community."