Premiership coach Jeff Andrews leaves Macedon Football Club on a high after announcing he is stepping down.

Andrews has coached the Riddell District Football League club in two stints, and said a couple of factors helped him make the decision.

He told Cats president Terry Kernan a while ago he wasn’t going to continue.

“Five years is long enough,” he said.

“I’m looking at a change in career and don’t know time-wise whether I’ll have the time. Given these things, it’s time I move on.

“I don’t have anything else in the pipeline and I’m not planning on coaching another club.”

Andrews coached the club 20 years ago without success, and he’s proud his second stint culminated in a premiership.

“We’ve tried to do things the right way,” he said.

“We’ve gone from 10th to sixth then fourth and now first.

“We’ve tried to build the foundations and still have at least 60 per cent local flavour in the team.”

“We haven’t tried to do it all in one year.”

Andrews said he was happy with where he’s leaving the club.

“We had nine or 10 kids make their debuts and another three or four would have if the season kept going,” he said.

“At the start of the year they weren’t training. They said Joffa we want to play seniors and I said they had to training.

“With that their football has improved. There’s good players coming through.

“The players we’ve recruited are blokes who love their footy.

“They love the review part of things and are really invested in the club. They don’t just turn up once a week for training.