North Launceston has announced that two-time premiership coach Zane Littlejohn has accepted the chance to further his coaching career as a development coach with AFL club the Brisbane Lions.
Littlejohn and his family will relocate to Brisbane at the end of the TSL season.
The club’s committee of management will start the search for a replacement coach.
Littlejohn played 50 senior games of football before retiring early to focus on a coaching career with the ultimate aim of working full time in the AFL system.
Since taking on the under-18 coaching role in 2010 Littlejohn has achieved premierships in 2010 in the TSL under-18s and senior flags in 2014-15.
“Zane has provided fantastic service to the club both as a player and coach,” North president Thane Brady said..
”Everyone associated at the club has enjoyed working with and supporting Zane in his quest for designing and leading programs to get the best out of every single player on the club’s list.
“Zane’s passion for learning has inspired others and his dedication and commitment to planning and setting out our football program direction has been outstanding.
“Our club philosophy is team based with no individual more important than another.- players, coaches, officials, volunteers of the club have all worked together supporting one another.
“All were aware of Zane’s career ambitions and we all now rejoice in this significant achievement.
“There is a strong feeling of pride throughout the club knowing we have in some way assisted in helping a man we all admire achieve the next step in his coaching career.”
Brady said the club still had some unfinished business on field in season 2016.
“The club will focus on the 2016 finals series as we have junior and senior teams participating.
“The football department will concentrate on finals whilst the clubs Committee of Management will formulate a recruitment strategy for Zane’s replacement and will make public comment at a suitable date in future.”.