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Big day for Bulldogs’ skipper

Saturday, 21st April, 2012

MILESTONE: North captain Codie Howard prepares to offload as South’s Simon O’Brien closes in last weekend. MILESTONE: North captain Codie Howard prepares to offload as South’s Simon O’Brien closes in last weekend.

By Kurtis Eichler

North captain Codie Howard will be looking to top off his milestone 150th league game with a win against Central today.

The 24-year-old midfielder and four-time premiership player will also share the field with Central’s Brad Mannion who will play his 100th game.

Rivalry aside, Howard said playing against his mate made would make the occasion even more special.

Since his 2003 senior debut, Howard’s career has gone from strength to strength.

He’s played in North’s last four premierships, been twice voted club best and fairest and won the coveted Lionel Johnston medal in 2007 and 2008.

He also served as Broken Hill’s combined team captain in 2008 and 2010 and has played in the squad since 2005.

But the premierships were the biggest highlight, he said.

“They’ve all been pretty good to play in but probably the 2007 premiership which was my first one as captain was pretty special.”

He said that North would have a “good chance” of taking out back-to-back flags after their 34-point victory over South last week.

“I think we’ll have a pretty good chance.

“We lost a few players last season but we’ve got a few back this year.”

He admits he’s been “pretty lucky” to dodge any serious injuries during his tenure with the exception of several minor maladies.

His only major injury was in the 2008 Grand Final when he sustained a fractured jaw after a collision with Central’s Justin Heath.

However he was well enough to return the following season.

Howard said he’d like to reach 200 league games before retiring.

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