ZANE Littlejohn was yesterday granted a two-year contract extension to coach North Launceston and continue a long-term plan set out in 2010.
Littlejohn, 27, has served two years as the Northern Bomber's head coach after guiding the club's under-18s to a flag in 2010.
The school teacher retired from playing in 2011 and is keen to keep fostering the club's young talent in becoming a premiership-winning side.
President Thane Brady said after a three-month process the club's board unanimously agreed on Monday night that Littlejohn was the right man for future success.
Littlejohn said the playing group still had a lot of work to do and that a Bombers' 2015 premiership was a realistic goal.
"Our playing group has spoken about that already and we firmly believe that our footy club is a successful club - realistically that's where we want to be," he said.
"I certainly think we are in a better place (than two years ago) but I still think there is a lot of work that needs to be done. You have to look at the good sides now and they've been together for a long time and they understand each other in and out."
Brady said a solid foundation had been laid and that it was now time for Littlejohn and the playing group to reap the rewards.
"It was important for us to let Zane continue his good work and now in the next two years as it is time for us to step up and become a real player in this league," Brady said.
"We have agreed on implementing a further plan to improve where we are."