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Ruddock leaves on winning note

Wednesday, 16th November, 2011

FITTING FINALE: Former North coach David Ruddock hangs the club’s 35th premiership plaque on the clubroom wall with North President Gloria Hack, co-captain Codie Howard and Jarrad Ruddock. FITTING FINALE: Former North coach David Ruddock hangs the club’s 35th premiership plaque on the clubroom wall with North President Gloria Hack, co-captain Codie Howard and Jarrad Ruddock.

By Darrin Manuel

David Ruddock may not have been completely ready to give up North’s top coaching role, but he has certainly gone out on a high.

Work commitments have forced the Bulldogs’ stalwart to step down from coaching the club’s League side after what can only be described as a stellar year.

Ruddock led the club to the 2011 flag, then was awarded the club’s highest individual honour in August when he was named Top Dog.

The flag was the second in a five-year senior coaching career served across two stints with the club.

The 46-year old said he would have liked to shoot for back-to-back flags in 2012, but a new job shotcreting for Redpath Mining had made the dream impossible.

“I’m very disappointed I’ve had to (step down), but with work I just can’t put in the time required.

“I’ll just leave it to Karl. He’s been waiting to coach for two or three years, so the guys will be in good hands.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time, it’s a great club.”

Ruddock said Berryman had a solid background in coaching, and could take the club all the way in the coming season.

“He’s done his apprenticeship for a few years as an assistant, he’s done the (coaching) courses and he saw every game the boys played, so he’s a good man in waiting.”

“And I can’t see any reason why they can’t go back to back... they’re a very determined bunch.”

Ruddock had been working at Silver City Motors before signing on with Redpath, and he admitted the increase in work had been noticeable.

However, he was loathe to rule out returning to a coaching role with the Bulldogs if time permits in future, and said he would still like to be involved in representative games where possible.

“I’d never say no, and I’d still like to coach the combined side.

“I love coaching but I just can’t do it for a full season.”

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