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Rooster remains at Rose Point Park

Singleton Rooster Jed Ellis-Cluff has revealed he will remain at the club for a third season.

However he will step down from the role as playing coach (finishing with an impressive 15-10 winning record).

“I won’t be coaching again next year,” Ellis-Cluff told The Hunter River Times last week.

“This is due to a few extra work commitments; I just won’t have enough time.”

Ellis-Cluff, 30, arrived at Rose Point Park with an impressive local AFL resume.

The ball-winner honed his craft at junior level with the Bellingen Bulldogs and the Nambucca Lions where he made his senior debut in 2009.

After a season with the Echuca United Eagles he returned to NSW and celebrated four straight premierships (New England Nomads 2013, 2015-16 and Sawtell/Toormina Saints 2014) as well as a league best and fairest.

He was awfully close to claiming a fifth senior premiership with Singleton last year after crossing over from the Camden Cats.

“The highlight of my (first) two years with Singleton is undoubtedly last year’s preliminary final against Newcastle City (a six-point defeat),” he reflected.

“After being thrashed by 100 points by them the week prior, our ability to put that behind us and put in the effort in a final was outstanding.

“If not for a couple of early injuries, and a five-minute lapse at the start of the final quarter, we could have played off in the grand final.”

Ellis-Cluff also remained optimistic for the Roosters this year after the line-up celebrated impressive wins over Nelson Bay, Gosford, Maitland and Cardiff before the season was cancelled.

As for his advice for his successor?

“Just enjoy the ride,” he concluded.

“It can get a bit stressful at times but if you can sit back and enjoy everyone’s company it is a good gig.”

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