One of the NTFA's strongest coaching relationships is set to come to an end at the conclusion of this season.
Ned Hyland, premiership winning coach of East Coast Swans, is set to hang up the board after the final siren sounds on 2019 after a successful five years at helm.
Guiding the side to consecutive grand finals in 2017 and 2018, Hyland's side brought home the chocolates last season and sit third in their premiership defence but he feels it's the right time.
"It's been an emotional rollercoaster as I'm still passionate and enjoy it but family commitments and the importance of that have taken over from football and it's time to go in a different direction. I have no regrets and have made so many great relationships over the time I've been here," he said.
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Club president Stephen Walley was extremely complimentary of Hyland's success, labeling him the "perfect match" to see St Helens into the NTFA.
"For a young, local coach doing it the first time around, Ned has been outstanding and has led by example with establishing our culture," Walley said.
"Leading our club into the NTFA has been critical for us and he's been a perfect match and has been pivotal to the success we've had since our entry."
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