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Former Bulldog comes back to the kennel

RETURNING: New Brothers  coach Luke Sicker is back at  the club after being interstate  for the past six years.
RETURNING: New Brothers coach Luke Sicker is back at the club after being interstate for the past six years. Mike Knott BUN041217AFL1

AUSSIE RULES: New Brothers Bulldogs coach Luke Sicker is hoping the old adage "every dog has its day" rings true next year.

After a five-year adventure in Victoria and New South Wales, the former captain and 2010 AFL Wide Bay premiership player returns to the club.

Sicker will play and coach the club after taking over from Jason Baulch who guided the side to a grand final this year.

"I always said that one day I wanted to come home (to Bundy and coach)," he said.

"The opportunity came up and I jumped on it."

Sicker was also lured back by his brother Jack Sickerdick to coach the club.

"He'll be assistant coach, like he was last year," he said.

"He'll have a big influence and that's what I'm most excited for, working and playing with him."

Sicker is also excited about where he can take the side.

The Bulldogs finished as runners-up to Maroochydore in this year's QFA Wide Bay Sunshine Coast competition.

Now the competition reverts back to Wide Bay with five sides, including the Bulldogs, involved.

"I think all teams will think they can win and we're no different," Sicker said.

"The boys made a grand final last year, so it is trying to build on that and try to turn the next few years into a successful period for the club."

Sicker will do that by using the experience he got interstate.

For the past two years he led Ganmain in the Riverina Football League in Wagga Wagga, and played in Mildura from 2013 to 2015.

"We're going to be a fit side and a tightly knit side," he said.

"I just want to continue the great work Jason did.

"But I'll add a few little tweaks to make sure they play the way I want them

to play."

Sicker said most of the squad had been retained for next year but the club was always looking for more players.

To play you can join the side at training at Brothers Sports Complex every Tuesday or Thursday at 6pm.