Newly appointed Macquarie coach Steve Kidd said he was looking forward to his third crack in charge of a Newcastle Rugby League first grade team next season but knows he'll miss no longer working alongside outgoing Scorpions mentor Adam Bettridge.
Before being officially announced on Monday, former Cessnock coach Kidd thought his chance for another top job may had "passed him by" but the 37-year-old, father-of-three now wants to repay the "faith" showed by the officials at Toronto.
Kidd will step up from his assistant role at Lyall Peacock Field in 2020 and 2021, taking over from the same man who brought him to the club.
"It's good for me and sad for me all at the same time," Kidd said.
"It'll be tough not going to work with Adam all the time, especially after he got me into help [at Macquarie] originally when I finished at Cessnock [in 2017]. But I'm sure he had a hand in putting my name forward as well."
Kidd, who finished playing at Kurri in 2008, had two stints coaching Cessnock in 2014 and 2017. He joined the staff at Central in 2015 and 2016 while also looking after the Rebels under 18s.
"They [Macquarie] have showed a lot of faith in me," Heddon Greta-based Kidd said.
Macquarie host Lakes on Sunday.