Launceston City legend Peter Sawdon is coming home to where his famous Tasmanian playing career had first started two decades on since leaving the club.
The 66-year-old Brit has been appointed the club’s new NPL coach for next year.
Sawdon will replace Jez Kenth at the helm, who has been forced to stand down over both work and family commitments in Hobart.
It will be City’s fourth change in just as many seasons since not renewing the contract of Northern Rangers coach Lino Sciulli barely 12 months after being named the NPL coach of the year.
Sawdon had returned to Prospect this season as a spectator for several of City’s home games for the first time in a “number of years”.
City’s best season after the statewide competition had been rejuvenated in 2013 reignited his romanticism to return to his original club since first arriving in 1981.
“I think it is nice but also it is right to come back to Juventus [City] when I think they put in the effort to find out who I was in England,” Sawdon told The Examiner.
Sawdon could well link up with Peter Savill, who had been City’s technical adviser this season, after the pair were named vice-captain and captain of the club’s greatest team of 30 seasons.
Roger Mies will continue in the assistant coach’s role for a second straight year.
“It was Peter Mies who was the driving force behind the club, Roger’s dad, and it’s Roger who’s the driving force to lure me back,” he said.
“I coached Roger and I’ll coached his son, so I’m going through the generations.”