NEW Portland coach Jake Myles says he is excited about what the Tigers can achieve in their second year in the Hampden league.
Myles, 28, has signed a two-year deal to coach the club, replacing Jarrod Holt who served three seasons in the role.
The appointment means Myles will have a third football home in three seasons.
He guided Hamilton Imperials in the Western Border league in 2012 before serving as an assistant coach at North Warrnambool Eagles in 2013.
Myles, who won the Eagles’ best and fairest award on Friday, said he knew only a handful of his new teammates.
But he said he always had a healthy respect for a club which was a regular WBFL finalist before joining the HFNL.
“Definitely, and I know North Warrnambool commented on the way Portland go about things on and off the field,” he said.
“On the field they’re renowned as a tough, in-and-under side and really have a crack.
“They never give in and under me hopefully that’ll be the same.”
Myles said he had no animosity towards the Eagles, believing both he and the club benefited from their one-season association.
“I told them before I came I wanted to coach at the highest level in the region,” he said.
“An opportunity presented itself (at Portland) and I took it. They understood that.”
Portland finished its debut Hampden league campaign in sixth spot with an 8-10 record, three wins behind fifth-ranked Camperdown.
The Tigers’ best win came against eventual premier Warrnambool in round four, while they lost to North by three points in round 16.
But they were also inconsistent, scraping over the line twice against wooden-spoon winner South Warrnambool.
Myles said the Tigers had a potential-laden playing list to work with, highlighted by the under 18½ side which won the premiership.
He said he would target onballers who could add “polish” to the midfield, although the list seemed in good shape.
“The core seems to be pretty good. Every club is out there trying to recruit but we’re not going to bring in nine or 10 blokes,” he said.
Holt said he was disappointed not to win the coaching job for a fourth season.
He started the campaign thinking he would step down but mid-season realised the hunger to coach remained.
“With the new competition, I felt I had only had one year of coaching,” he said.
Holt said he held no grudges towards club officials.
“I played through under 18s, played in a couple of premierships with Portland, been away and come back,” he said.
“The last three years I’ve been back coaching I can’t speak highly enough of the way the club looked after me.”
Holt said the Tigers’ Hampden league debut had been “a positive experience for everyone”.
He said he would use the next fortnight to consider where he would play in 2014.