As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens and that's exactly the case with Bracknell Football Club's 2021 coaching department.
With Andrew Philpott departing the role, Corry Goodluck has stepped up to the plate, with the 26-year-old describing it as a boyhood dream.
"Playing for and growing up in Bracknell, coaching my hometown was one of the things on my bucket list," he said.
"When Andrew decided he wasn't going to do it next year, I thought what a great opportunity to put my hand up and have a go.
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"There's a good feeling around the club from this year with all the COVID-19 stuff, getting the chance just to play was a great thing to do.
"So the boys are looking to get back into the swing of things and really looking forward to start training and get things moving again."
The Redlegs' 2020 campaign didn't achieve the high-level results they might have been after - sitting sixth with an even record of four wins and losses - but it wasn't all doom and gloom.
Goodluck's 33 goals from his seven games saw him stamp his claim as one of the competition's main forwards while the likes of Jack Dyer and Nick Jones impressed in the midfield, the former enhancing his strong reputation as the latter was named Bracknell's most improved.
And the improvements are set to keep on coming, with Goodluck already signing an abundance of local players - his number one priority.
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"The likes of [Casey] Lockett, [Trent] Page, [Kobi] Latham, George Burn, Jackson Chorley - all those guys play a big role in our sides and they are all good, dominant players, so we knew if we could get those players back to the club it would be a good start going forward," he said.
"Then obviously we signed Nick Mitchell and Sam Borlini from East Devonport. I think Sam plays off the half-back flank, so he'll add a lot of depth to our backline, with Nick being an in-and-under on-baller, which will also help the likes of Jack Dyer and Callum Mulder out in the midfield."
Father-of-four Philpott hangs up the whiteboard after 19 of the past 21 seasons in a coaching capacity with the recent passing of his ex-wife from cancer putting things into perspective as him and wife maintained a healthy relationship with her.
"At the time, I didn't know how serious but I thought maybe it's time I spent a bit more time in Victoria," Philpott said.
"Obviously with all this stuff going on I couldn't get over there to see her or the kids, I had a lot of phone calls. She went downhill real quick and basically that was playing on my mind once I found out.
"I'd been thinking about how much longer I'd go on for, what was best for the club and all those things go through your head but the big reason in the end was family commitments - and not just the Melbourne family, I've obviously got family here as well."
Despite handing the head coaching role to Goodluck as the involvement in two families and business either side of Bass Strait became too much, the 49-year-old isn't departing the Redlegs, having been named football operations manager.
He will assist his successor in recruiting and will be on his shoulder if assistance is needed.
"He's young, he's obviously an inexperienced coach but he's hit the ground running and he will do alright.
"He's keen to learn which is part of the battle, he knows he doesn't know everything with football and having Brett Mansell on his bench and Juan Salter - one of my assistants - will still be with him, that allows Corry to play and learn his craft as he goes."