Golden Square coach steps down

GOLDEN Square's premiership-winning coach Mark Lloyd has decided he will not tackle the role in the Bendigo Football League next year.

Lloyd capped his senior coaching debut by leading the Bulldogs to a fourth consecutive grand final victory.

Increasing family and work commitments meant the 29-year-old made the "tough call" to not coach, but he will stay on as a player for the blue and gold.

Two of his biggest fans, wife Rebecca and son, Alfie, who is eight-weeks-old tomorrow, cheered him on as Square won the grand final against Gisborne by three points.

"It's a busy time at work, and also having a young family," said the architectural draftsman at Bendigo firm OTS Architecture.

"Being senior coach was really challenging and takes a lot of time," said Lloyd, who the previous four years had been assistant coach to Mark Adamson and then Nick Carter.

"I can't thank the club enough for giving me the opportunity to coach the senior team. I learnt a lot during the season, and have not given up the idea of coaching again in the future."

Full story in tomorrow's Bendigo Advertiser.

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