Walker to coach Bulldogs
YOU can’t take the Bulldog out of Wodonga co-captain Josh Walker.
He’s expected to leave the club today and sign on as coach of another bunch of Bulldogs — the Hume League’s Jindera.
With up to 10 Hume league clubs looking for coaches, the Jindera Bulldogs will beat the rush if the deal goes through today.
Several Tallangatta league clubs have also been after Walker.
He is poised to replace 2011 premiership coach Ken Stevenson at Jindera.
Walker joined Wodonga from Mansfield in 2002 and played for two seasons.
He was part of the Bulldogs’ team that lost the 2003 grand final to Corowa-Rutherglen.
The hard-running defender then returned to Mansfield and played in its 2004 flag-winning team in the same season the Bulldogs won their most recent premiership under Richard Bence.
Walker returned to the Bulldogs in 2006 as assistant coach under Jarrod Twitt and has spent the past six seasons at the John Flower Oval — the past two as an assistant to Ben Hollands.
The skilful defender is a representative of both the Ovens and Murray and Goulburn Valley leagues.
This season, he has been plagued by a series of hamstring injuries.
Jindera is also believed to have spoken to North Albury assistant coach Matt McDonald for its top job before he ruled himself out of the position.
Jindera officials refused to comment yesterday.