A return to frontline firefighting has seen Old Launcestonians coach Paul Beechey pass on the reins after two years at the helm.
The 51-year-old inherited an eighth-place finishing side ahead of 2018 and narrowly missed out on the top five before taking the Blues to their first finals appearance since 2014 this year.
Stepping up to the plate in 2020 will be ex-South Launceston premiership teammates Laine Cleaver and Darren Crawford, who will fill head and assistant coaching roles respectively.
Beechey said while he was unlikely to return to coaching, he hoped to remain involved with the club where his son, daughter and son-in-law will all play next season.
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"I think we've achieved a lot collectively as a group and I'm really happy that Laine and Crawf have put their hands up - the club's in really good hands," Beechey said.
"When I look back on it, it's 30-odd years of footy and it's been really enjoyable, something I wouldn't change for anything.
"I've met some great people and got some rewards out of it, but the rewards are the people you meet and the friendships you make."
A crucial cog in the St Patrick's College coaching set-up for the best part of a decade, Cleaver arrived at the Blues this year and finished as the club's second-most prolific goalscorer with 22 majors in 15 games.
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The 35-year-old said he had been welcomed with open arms upon arrival and would look to extend that culture into 2020.
"What I loved about the club when I first came here was the club culture and the people involved with this footy club," he said.
"People come here to share a common interest and be surrounded by good people.
"The culture makes you want to be here so that's something I want to be a part of going forward."
The challenge for Cleaver and Crawford will be to bridge the gap to the likes of Lilydale, St Pats and East Coast, who have been a class above in the NTFA's second tier for a number of seasons.
The Demons have made three of the past four grand finals for two premierships, while East Coast secured its first flag in nearly 20 years thanks to consecutive grand final appearances.
The likes of Campbell Fraser, Will Archer, forward Matthew Spohn and ruckman Danny Hall prove the Blues are not short of class, however, new faces will be targeted in the off-season.
"At this level of football it's all about club depth," Cleaver said.
"A lot of teams will have their top six to 10 players and then they can drop off so it's all about having your bottom five players stronger than other clubs ... that's what Lilydale had this year across the board - more depth than other clubs."
Crawford, who arrives at Invermay Park after a season as bench coach at George Town, will also play a role in recruiting new players to the club.
"We talked about a few players and obviously trying to retain the list that they had this year," the former North Launceston captain said.
"Hopefully [we'll] get everyone on board and try to top up with a couple of younger players, as well as a few experienced players that have either just finished out of the State League or div one, that'll be our target."
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