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South Melbourne Districts Football Club has to announced the appointment of Gary March as senior coach for the 2015 season.
The former Richmond president will bring years of experience to the role after his time at the elite level of the game, along with a background with the Bloods at junior level.
“The timing was right from my perspective and the club’s in a good spot,” March said.
“I see the side as being really competitive going forward. I am hoping that our boys can play through at higher levels like, in Premier C, Premier B and Premier,” he said.
March said one of his main aims was to develop a stronger relationship between the junior and senior arms of the club.
March replaces Anthony Quon who has led South Melbourne for three seasons and has decided to take a break from coaching due to extra study and family commitments. 
“We need to develop a really good junior pathway through to the seniors and that’s something which has been started already.”
“The prospect of going beyond under 17s and seeing the transition of young players makes it interesting.”
March has two sons who have played for the club and has coached the last eight years at junior level from under nine’s to under 16’s.
“I’ve been impressed by the development of pathways for juniors.”
After meeting the playing group, March is keen to get started on pre-season training before Christmas. In the meantime the immediate goal is simple.
“I’m hoping to just make it fun again.”
South Melbourne finished 7th in Division 2 in 2014 and last played finals in 2007 when they won the Division 2 premiership.