Stacy Dunkley is back where it all began.
The midcourter is returning to Mack Oval in 2022, announced as Russells Creek's newest A grade coach on Thursday.
But it's not the first time Dunkley takes over the reins of a netball program, after crossing from the Creekers to rival club Panmure as its A grade coach in 2019.
Dunkley said familiar faces at Russells Creek made her more relaxed ahead of a second coaching stint.
"Obviously going to a new club, new people, first year coaching, that was pretty nervy," she said.
"(Coaching) it's a new world; you're dealing with a different bunch of personalities and whole range of people as well.
"But it's a great opportunity and a great challenge. I suppose it's a lot of work being put into it, but it's enjoyable and nice to see the reward come out of it.
"But you need to be prepared; if you're not prepared you really do suffer."
Russells Creek finished two games short of a top five finish in 2021, despite there being no final series.
Dunkley said the ultimate goal was to reach finals and a possible grand final appearance.
But there was another indicator of success that is just as important to the new coach.
"As long as I can see the girls with a smile on their faces and getting something out of it, that's my job done," she said.
With likely departures in 2022 due to players' university commitments, Dunkley said she was on the look out for new players.
"I'd love to see a lot of new faces at Russells Creek," she said.
"Anyone who is interested, come on down and we're happy to welcome you to a family club."
Dunkley will also balance coaching-playing duties next year, but after suffering an on-court Achilles injury back in May, she is unsure if she will be ready to go come round one.
"I'm really pushing hard that I can be and sticking to my recovery every day," she said.
As for what style of coach Dunkley hopes to be at Creek, she said; friendly, approachable and above all, motivational.
"I'm trying to get the best out of everyone and push them," she said.
"Or if they are down on themselves, I'm going to be the one that picks them up."
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