GOLDEN Square Football Club will undergo another coaching change, with Rick Ladson stepping down after one year at the helm.
Ladson coached the Bulldogs to this year's Bendigo Football League premiership, but has informed the club he won't be continuing in the role.
Ladson's decision continues what has been a coaching merry-go-round at Golden Square in recent years.
Since Darren Walsh ended his tenure in 2006, Golden Square has had Jeff Brennan (2007), Mark Adamson (2008-09), Nick Carter (2010-11), Mark Lloyd (2012) and Ladson (2013) as senior coaches.
Ladson said after battling a tough season with injury, he was hoping to enjoy the rest of his playing days without the added demands of coaching.
"It's a very demanding role being a playing coach," Ladson said on Thursday.
"I got to the end of the season and my body was really hurting. I've only got a few seasons left as a player, so I thought I may as well just enjoy those and get back into coaching down the track."
Ladson said his preference was to remain at Golden Square as a player.
However, he can be expected to be inundated with offers from clubs throughout the region.
"It's about my playing career now, but I've got a few things to worry about first," Ladson said.
"I've got surgery to have on the fractured hip that I had throughout the year.
"I had two separate fractures in it... one healed and one chipped some bone off, so I'll get that fixed up.
"My knee was good all year, but I did a bit of damage to that in the first quarter of the grand final. I chipped a bit of bone in there as well and tore some cartilage that is floating, so I'll have a clean-up in there.
"With all that coming up, I'll sit back and work out what is best for me."
Golden Square won its fifth premiership in a row last month when it defeated Strathfieldsaye by 21 points in the grand final at the Queen Elizabeth Oval.
The Bulldogs had sat fifth on the ladder at the halfway mark of the season, before building strongly into another successful September campaign.
"It was a massive achievement by the group and it has taken a bit of time for it to sink in," Ladson said.
"To get over the line in the grand final with some of the niggles we had to players... it was a huge effort and just shows the character of the boys who are at that footy club and their want to win.
"On reflection, from a coaching point of view it was a great learning year and I'm very proud of the boys in being able to win that fifth flag in a row for the club.
"A lot of people wrote us off during the year, but we always had the self belief that we'd get it right at the right time."