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Roy Laird to depart Central District

It’s an end of an era at Central District, with seven-time premiership coach Roy Laird announcing his retirement.

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Seven premierships, nine consecutive grand final appearances and a lifetime full of memories for Central District fans.

Today, Roy Laird announced to the playing group and staff he would step down as coach at the end of the SANFL season.

Laird joined the club in 1988 at under 19 level before playing 87 league games and 83 reserves games for the Bulldogs.

Following his retirement in 1998, he became a runner at league level in 1999 before becoming the assistant coach in 2000, helping guide the club to its maiden premiership.

Former premiership player Richard Cochrane couldn’t speak higher of his former coach.

“I get on well with Roy, he’s an amazing dude, I’m very fortunate that everything worked out well,” he said.

“If he hadn’t taken over the league coaching job, I don’t know if I would’ve ever had a crack to get into the league side.

“I think we have a special connection there purely because we came into senior footy together.

“He only ever dropped me once, and that was right at the end.

“Whenever I was fit and ready, I’d get picked, if I got injured, I’d have to make myself available through the reserves.

“I think he rated me, and I rated him as a coach.”

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Jack grew up in Gawler, South Australia – just 45 minutes north of Adelaide – and has a passion for all things football and soccer. Jack has worked in the media for more than four years, and hosts his own sports show on Barossa radio station BBBfm. He previously played football for Elizabeth, South Gawler, Gawler Central and at junior level with Central District, and is a die-hard Port Adelaide fan.