North Launceston ruckman Daniel Roozendaal wants to try his hand at footy coaching down the track – but not just yet.
The 29-year-old announced his retirement from TSL football after the Bombers grand final loss to Glenorchy bringing an end to a distinguished career with the club he loves.
“Rooza” reached his 150th game for the red and black in July achieving life membership with the club where he started playing as a teenager in 2001 in a career interspersed with five years away playing in the NEFU.
“I have a lot of work commitments and family commitments so I thought it was time to finish at State League level and devote a bit more time to those,” he said.
“I was hoping to finish on a good chapter with Zane leaving and everybody wanted to do that but it was not to be and you take the good with the bad.
“We’ve got some good ruckman there with Alex Lee and young Jackie Rowlands coming through and I’ve put a bit of time into those guys trying to develop them into better senior ruckman.
“So it won’t hurt me to step aside and let those guys start to shine and become their own players.”
Roozendaal said he intended to play on next year but had not made any decision yet with whom.
“I am definitely going to play but don’t know where I am going to play. It is going to be whatever suits me best with living and working in Launceston.”
Roozendaal said the 2014 TSL flag with North ranked as a career highlight – the same year he won the Alastair Lynch Medal as the competition’s best and fairest player and the Darrel Baldock Medal for best on ground in the grand final.
“I couldn’t top that for football feelings and memories coming back to the club 12 months prior and working our bums off to get there and being rewarded for that was unbelievable.
“That would be the main one and the other one would be the last four years I’ve been here and the memories I’ve made with my teammates – blokes I consider as family.
“Playing 150 games at North Launceston and life membership at a proud, family-based club – I’m proud to say if you cut me I bleed black and red.
“You are either a swampie or you’re not and I am proud to say I definitely am and I hope my kids will be that way too and continue on the family name at North Launceston.
“I definitely want to go down the coaching path but probably not in the next 12 months or so because I have to concentrate on work stuff and family.
“I think I can still contribute and help some teams out with that sort of role.”