Bulldogs pick up new captain-coach 

ONE former NRL player will take the reins from another at the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs next season.
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Crookwell Green Devils and Goulburn Stockmen junior Michael Picker was last week announced the Bulldogs new captain- coach for 2013.

He replaces James Aubusson, a former Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm rake who took over coaching duties at the beginning of 2011.

At just 24, Picker already has a Toyota Cup premiership and four NRL appearances in his résumé. He played a handful of games at halfback for Goulburn in the latter stage of the 2011 season.

His appointment opens the door to the possibility of three Picker brothers playing for Goulburn in 2014.

Younger brother Ben was a standout at dummy-half for the Bulldogs this season.

He’s agreed to play in 2014.

Older sibling Joe has notched 110 caps for the Raiders in the NRL since 2007 but is weighing up his future after the club refused to offer him a contract extension.

In a double dose of good news, gun centre from England Nathan Chappell has agreed to stay at the club for another year.

The Queanbeyan Blues’ Blake Hewitt has put pen to paper, too.

Picker’s anointment as Aubusson’s successor came as the Bulldogs officially drew to a close season 2013.

Outgoing captain and lock Daniel York added to his Les McIntyre Medal victory with first grade best and fairest honours at the Bulldogs presentation on Saturday.

Dummy-half Ben Picker was declared the team’s most consistent footballer and players’ player while Matt Worboys received the coach’s award.

Kurt Selmes was crowned second grade best and fairest winner as well as the club’s Kenmore Panthers Guts and Glory recipient.

Jason Gray scooped players’ player honours.

Unsurprisingly, representative ace and Raiders Holden Cup contract holder Lachlan Croker bagged four individual awards. He was named the under 18s best player by his peers and club officials.

Croker was named Tim Hartnett Rising Star and won the Wayne Rudd Memorial Trophy for best representative player.

He scored a hat-trick of tries in the under 18s’ 36-20 grand final victory over Woden on September 1.

KEY SIGNING: Former Raider Michael Picker is the Goulburn Workers Bulldogs’ new captaincoach. Photo: Stefan Postles.

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