THERE'S a definite glint in the eye of The Rail Cricket Club's new coach, Grant Tilling, when he talks about the task of turning the struggling Razorbacks into a premiership force again.
Since winning the first grade title in 2009-10, The Rail has been in the doldrums, missing the semi-finals in three successive seasons, and the club hopes the input of one of the Coast's most successful and respected coaches will help make them competitive once more.
"When someone mentioned asking Grant to coach, I really didn't think he would be interested, but the club needed something and we had tried player coaches and it just didn't work and I couldn't be happier Grant agreed to come over," The Rail president Simon Pearce said.
"The last couple of years have been particularly tough - we have had very little depth, training was abysmal and, to be honest, we were going nowhere fast.
"When I was playing, I saw Grant's player management skills from the other side of the spectrum as the opposition and admired the way he did things.
"We don't expect miracles - we're looking at being competitive and if we can do that, we are on the right track."
After coaching Oak Flats for about 10 years and taking the reins at Gerringong for three, Tilling took a year off last year to help set up the South Coast Junior Academy.
"When I started at Oak Flats, they were struggling to make the semis, but during the time I was there the side became very successful, regularly making the big end-of-season games and making the final of the SCG Cup Country competition," he said.
"At Gerringong, we made the final of the T20 competition in the third year and also the two-day semi-finals for the first time in many, many years.
"The South Coast Academy is something I am very proud of, with the boys going from strength to strength, and I am looking forward to seeing the results coming through as the boys perform for their clubs in the upcoming season."
Tilling said it wasn't a hard decision to take on club coaching again and he believed The Rail had the potential to be a force again.
"I believe we have the core of a good side in players like Andrew Warren and Col Yeaman, while youngsters like Kieran Gilly, Hayden Church and possibly Jared Collis, we really have something to build on," he said.
"But first and foremost, we want to learn to play hard cricket, but really enjoy what we are doing and build on what is already an enjoyable family atmosphere."