Happy with a resume any coach would be proud to call their own, newly minted Illawarra Cutters mentor Ian Millward always knew he would end up back in Wollongong.
Having won English Super League titles, Challenge Cup trophies and even a World Club Challenge, Millward has returned home to begin planning for the Cutters' 2014 NSW Cup campaign.
And he said it wasn't a difficult decision when St George Illawarra boss Peter Doust asked him to head up the Dragons' feeder side next year.
"I always wanted to come back to Wollongong and I've got a lot of passion for rugby league in the Illawarra area, having played here and coached here and been involved with a lot of players coming through the ranks," Millward said.
"I'm at a stage where I'm comfortable with what I've done, but I also want to be helping players move forward. That includes being in an organisation where I can be a part of it and hopefully make it successful."
Millward takes over the Cutters' role from Paul McGregor, who was the club's inaugural coach and oversaw their admission to the second-tier competition in 2012.
McGregor will join Craig Young as an assistant to Steve Price at St George Illawarra next year.
Millward admits the NSW Cup is somewhat of an unknown to him, but expects to be churning out NRL-ready players to be at Price's disposal.
"I don't know the league as well as other coaches.
"Obviously it's the nearest pathway for players to get into the NRL and I just seem to think [the role] needs some experience," he said. "Paul McGregor has done a great job with it the last two years and he's done all the hard work. I look upon my part as providing players with a pathway and an opportunity to play NRL.
"Hopefully they can be in a position where they can play to the best of their ability."
Millward's English Super League credentials include stints at St Helens, Wigan, Leigh and Castleford either side of assistant roles at North Queensland and Canberra in the NRL.
And his advice to NRL clubs looking to secure the next wave of English talent comes with a small warning.
"As long as you earmark the proven internationals, that's a proven formula that goes back to the 50s and 60s and all the way through.
"As the salary cap is so high now in the NRL and the pound is so weak to the Australian dollar, you're going to find a lot more English players wanting to come to Australia. But it's looking for quality instead of quantity," Millward said.