A tireless Australian Test campaigner over little more than a decade, Peter Siddle will springboard a fresh lease on his cricketing life towards a coaching career.
It appears the motivating factor behind bidding farewell to Victoria for Tasmania.
Siddle has been essentially lured to learn and work with Tigers coach Adam Griffith.
The 35-year-old, who has possibly just the two seasons at Bellerive to decide on his future, did not dispute "the attraction of working with Griff" was hard to resist.
"I'm coming to the back end of my career that everyone knows," Siddle said.
"Obviously, a little bit of an eye towards the future, it's a good opportunity for me while still playing to develop a bit of my coaching skills and abilities.
"Learning of Griff is going to be a good opportunity.
"I've heard good things about the [Australian] boys from the World Cup last year that he worked with.
"And also the attraction for me personally to be working with the young group of guys down there that have shown some talent already and so hopefully I can come down and help them along their way, to help them with their journey to become just really good first-class cricketers."
Siddle's bromance will not end there in Tasmania.
The seamer's sad farewell Test in the Oval loss was the last time he got to play with Matthew Wade.
But it goes deeper than that since the pair played the majority of their Sheffield Shield together in a bowling and keeping partnership.
While the new contract is about onfield leadership to the rising stars of Tasmanian cricket, there is no getting around who he admires the most in the Tigers lineup.
"Wadey just stands out," Siddle said.
"He came over and played with me at Victoria for years.
"I love the way he plays cricket, I love playing alongside of him in all the teams that we have represented together over the years, so to get that opportunity again is something that would be very exciting.
"We've had a lot of success together and hopefully now we can have that same sort of success down in Tassie."
Siddle has strangely gone against a modern-day trend players bowing out of first-class cricket first to focus on the shorter form of the game.
Even though the seamer officially stepped away from the Test arena in the midst of the Boxing Day Test, the love rather than the additional rewards has ensured Siddle remains in whites for at least two more summers.
"Through all my international career Test cricket was always my No.1 priority. At the early stage of my international career, I chose to concentrate on Test cricket for a little period," Siddle said.
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"It probably stopped me from playing a lot more one-day cricket, T20 cricket for Australia and state stuff throughout those years.
"But I have always been a bit of an old-school traditionalist. I love the long form, the red ball, you know the hard work you do and everything that goes into that longer form of cricket.
"It's something I am still really passionate about and I was lucky enough to play against some great Test or first-class players. I think it only makes the competition stronger if those experience guy can stay around."
Siddle has signed up for Tasmania, but the big move south will not include a deal with the Hobart Hurricanes.
He expects to relocate to Hobart, but has also yet to commit to a Cricket Tasmania Premier League club.
"It's still all about playing cricket for me," Siddle said.
"When I had these chats with teams that were interested it was firstly I wanted it to be about cricket because I still want to play. If I was on the downhill slope, it probably would be a different story.
"But I think the way I finished off this season and the success I had, I still want to play cricket. I still love playing it, I still want to do well, so first and foremost that is the my goal to play good cricket."
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