David Noble knows his Tasmanian football history, and is humbled by the significant part he now plays in it.
The 53-year-old, a two-time North Hobart premiership player, is the state's latest AFL senior coach after being appointed by North Melbourne late last week.
It's been a long journey for Noble, with the two-game Fitzroy player having been an assistant at the Western Bulldogs, coached Glenelg, been an assistant coach, list manager and head of football at Adelaide and Brisbane's general manager of football alongside Chris Fagan.
"I quite often have looked at a couple of the other [Tasmanian] coaches in previous history with Doc [Darrel Baldock], Rocket [Rodney Eade], Shawry [Robert Shaw] and Fages and I thought 'it would be nice to put your name up there at some point in time','' he admitted on Monday
"Tassie has a long history of talented people in our industry and it is not something that has occurred just recently and there are a lot of people who have been able to achieve a lot of good things from Tassie [and] coming from a football background down there where it is embedded in our DNA I certainly think helps."
Noble said it hadn't sunk in yet what it will feel like when he is in charge of the Roos at Bellerive Oval, other than it will be exciting.
There are three Tasmanians on his list at present, North Launceston's Tarryn Thomas along with Southern duo Matt McGuinness and Aaron Hall.