One of Scottsdale's favourite sons is set to return to coach the club in an effort to reclaim its former glory.
After spending three years plying his trade in Victoria, 25-year-old Ethan Petterwood comes back to his junior club to take the reins from outgoing coach Geoff Mohr.
With goals of joining father, John, as a premiership player, Petterwood is eager to strengthen North-East football but understands it could be a hard road.
"I want people to feel welcomed at the club, and for parents to encourage their kids to join because we have the best coaches and facilities right here in the North-East," Petterwood said.
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"I will be aiming to create a stronger bond between the club and the community, where we see big crowds at the footy again."
Gaining a reputation as one of Tasmania's best midfielders, the incoming coach began his career at Scottsdale before a move to North Launceston where he claimed two premierships.
From there, a move to Victoria saw Petterwood play three years alongside former Western Storm player Matt Hanson at VFL side Werribee as well as a stint at Grovedale.
Club president Cameron Moore was extremely pleased to have secured Petterwood's services.
"Ethan comes to us with impressive credentials, and when current coach Geoff Mohr told us he was stepping down from the job, we immediately commenced a conversation with Ethan to find out whether he was interested in coming home," Moore said.
"He's played at the highest level outside the AFL under some highly regarded coaches, and our board believes he will bring a level of professionalism and an awareness of the club's requirements; he comes from a family with a strong connection to the club."
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