David Henderson will remain with Rugby Southland after all.
Henderson was ousted from the role of Stags head coach following the 2013 national provincial championship season when Rugby Southland opted to advertise the position and Henderson was overlooked.
Brad Mooar from Christchurch was appointed the new Stags coach and also as Rugby Southland's director of coaching.
Henderson has now rejoined the union for the next two years in a resource coach capacity where he, too, will be helping develop coaches in the province.
Rugby Southland general manager Brian Hopley said he was pleased they were able to keep Henderson involved in the organisation.
"We are excited to have Brad on board but we are also very pleased to have retained Dave's expertise and experience to help foster coaching throughout the region," he said.
Henderson is keen to continue to contribute to the game in the south.
"While I was disappointed to miss out on the head coach role, I am keen to continue my involvement in rugby in Southland," he said.
"Rugby in Southland has been a huge part of my life and I really want to contribute to the future of coaching throughout region."
Mooar started fulltime at Rugby Southland last week and said he was looking forward to working with the man he had replaced as Stags coach.
"It's excellent that Rugby Southland has secured David's services as a resource coach. He has invested a huge amount of time and energy into Southland rugby and has a lot of experience and intellectual property that will be great for us to tap into," Mooar said.
- The Southland Times