New Tasmania Devils coach Cameron Joyce says as well as the development of the players under his watch, one of his primary focuses will be ensuring the state "comes together as one".
This, he said on Wednesday, will mean he will be spending "plenty of time" in all three regions, and ensuring he is "present" in those areas, starting on Thursday in Launceston with a meeting with football manager Craig Notman and state's talent managers to ensure everyone is on "the same page" heading into season 2020.
Joyce, North Melbourne's former general manager of football who replaces Adrian Fletcher as Devils coach, indicated player development would be pivotal to ensuring an improved performance in the NAB League in 2020, with winning a "by-product".
Having been a development coach for Oakleigh Chargers and North, and an opposition analyst for West Coast before the GM role at North, the Victorian believes he is the right man for the job, despite having never coached a team in his own right.
"I have seen everything that a coach has seen after the last 10 or 11 years, working with Brad Scott in particular and more recently Rhyce Shaw, I have been molded a little bit from them, and John Worsfold and others that I have had dealings with,'' he said.
"But now it is an opportunity for me to bring that out.
"I am really keen to extract the strengths of the players out and be a strengths based coach (by) giving them structure, but letting them go and play and having that freedom to play."
Helping them realise their dream of reaching the AFL, which 2019 star Mitch O'Neill will be hoping to do later this month, is the other major aspect of the role he believed he was well prepared for.
"Through recruiting and list management and even as GM of footy, seeing players come into the AFL system, and those that have worked and those that haven't, and again with what recruiters are looking for, I think that brings a fair bit to this role,'' he said.
"We are about to start the induction process with the players and their parents, and they are all going to be sitting in the room, 90 to 100 per cent of them, wanting to play AFL footy, and I think I can give them a really good perspective and knowledge and understanding of what it is going to take to potentially do that."
Having helped North establish its own VFL and AFLW sides, he also believed he was good position to help guide a team and program that is still very much in its infancy.
"It is difficult in a first year, as there is a lot of stuff that is being done for the first time,'' he said.
"A lot of the players are going to come back who have had that experience and played a decent amount of games, so I think that can only be good and hold them in good stead and give them a better understanding of what the competition is, because it is the best development competition in Australia.
"They have now got a taste of it and now it is how we then move forward from there."