Outgoing Macquarie Scorpions coach Adam Bettridge has endorsed his 2020 replacement Steve Kidd and vowed to give "my all" until the end of this Newcastle Rugby League season.
With the 2017 premiers sitting equal last on the competition ladder after collecting the wooden spoon in 2018, Macquarie officially made the coaching announcement on Monday morning.
Kidd, already on the Scorpions coaching staff, has been appointed for the next two campaigns.
This will bring an end to the four-year tenure of Bettridge at Lyall Peacock Field, featuring back-to-back grand final appearances first up starting in 2016.
"Thanks for the memories," Bettridge posted on social media on Monday afternoon.
"Amazing club who I was lucky enough to win a premiership with and make friends for life.
"It was great fun representing the Toronto community and I will continue to give it my all until the end.
"All the best to Kiddy for next year."
In a statement, Macquarie said they were starting "the necessary rebuilding phase after two disappointing seasons".
Scorpions secretary Steve Woodbridge spoke about both Bettridge's "success" in Toronto and Kidd's existing "rapport" at the club.
Macquarie host Lakes on Saturday. The Scorpions are two wins outside the semi-final spots with five rounds remaining.