There was a good reason for why the Moonee Valley Knights made a number of attempts to sign Anthony Sacco as their senior coach before getting him in 2018.
The highly respected coach is a well-known figure in the local football scene, thanks in large part to his years of service as both a player and coach for Keilor Park Soccer Club – where he coached the senior team for seven years, taking from Football Federation Victoria's State League 3 all the way to State League 1.
Anthony started his coaching career with the club while still playing senior football for the club, having started with the under-10s before taking a number of different junior teams over an eight-year period, before launching into his seven-year stint as senior coach.
"I've got plenty of great memories from Keilor Park," Anthony said.
"That's where I started coaching and it's where I was coaching when I did all my qualifications up to the FFA C license too, so it was a great club for me."
After departing the club, Anthony moved to Essendon United for a short stint, before taking a break in the back half of 2017.
Now that the batteries are well and truly recharged, Anthony is chomping at the bit to start life as senior coach of the Moonee Valley Knights.
"I've been really impressed with the club so far," Anthony said.
"They're a really nice, family orientated club and it reminds me a lot of what we started with at Keilor Park.
"If we can do what we did there, I think it will be a really special journey for all involved."
Every club needs people like Amir Awad.
As a coach, Amir has played a crucial role in the establishment and exponential growth of the Moonee Valley Knights junior set-up.
Now he is turning his attention to ensuring the club's senior outfit enjoys the fruit of the club's junior program.
After coaching Knights juniors from as young as under-11s up until under-15s last season, Amir has been appointed Reserves coach for the 2018 season, where he will also work alongside senior coach Anthony Sacco as assistant in what is sure to be a bumper season for the club, but also for Amir on a personal level.
"I was here when we restarted the junior teams a few years ago and that started from just entering a one team into a tournament," Amir said.
"Before we knew it we hard registered them into a league and it's just gone from there. We're expecting 10-12 teams this season, including the senior teams, which is a lot of growth for us.
"This year will be a bit different for me because I'll be coaching men. I guess there's a heavier focus on tactics as opposed to technique, but I'm looking forward to it and I think it will be great working with Anthony, who obviously has a lot of experience at this and higher levels."
Having arrived as a player back in 2003, Amir's appointment as reserves coach sees his Knights career go full-circle, as he moves into a senior coaching role, but he said there was no club he'd rather be at, such is the atmosphere and friendships he has within the club,
"This club just feels different. All the boys here have been here forever. They started together and we're all good friends outside the club with our families as well. Even when I was living on the other side of town, I'd still want to be involved here," he said.
"We have a real friendly, community club feeling and I think that's the quality of our club."