BEN Kenna says Terang Mortlake won't shy away from gifting talented youth a shot at Hampden league football in his reign as coach.
The multiple premiership coach was unveiled on Monday, replacing Michael Sargeant at the helm.
Kenna, also a three-time premiership player with the Bloods, said he wanted the club to be known as a "welcoming" place.
"We want it to be a place where young players can strive to test themselves at a high level," the 40-year-old said.
"We want to make it as welcoming for them as we possibly can. We need to be proactive and entice some talent that want to play Hampden league footy.
"Michael (Sargeant) has given opportunities to younger players this year which should help going forward."
Kenna, who coached three premierships at Kolora-Noorat and snagged one as a player, said an "itch" to continue coaching sparked his interest in the role.
"The club approached me a couple of weeks ago and I considered it for a bit of time," the father-of-four said.
"The itch was there and I feel like I can help steer (Terang Mortlake) in the right direction going forward."
Kenna played eight reserves fixtures for the Bloods this season to help numbers and was promoted to seniors twice alongside his son, Isaac, who did not miss a game.
He said contested football was a natural strength for the senior side but wanted to brush up on disposal efficiency.
"I watched most of their games this season and there effort is always there," Kenna said.
"I think we do need to improve that skill, the decision-making, that sort of thing.
"There will be plenty of game simulation to improve in that kind of area."
Terang Mortlake general manager Peter Watson described Kenna as a "perfect fit" for the club.
"His experience and track record with the Power drew us to him," Watson said.
"His football knowledge in the Terang area is invaluable." Watson praised Kenna's character. "The quality of the man means he is an ideal fit for the club," he said.
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