Magpies name new coach for Group 2
By GREG WHITE
THE Bellinger Valley-Dorrigo Magpies have moved quickly to capitilise on the progress made during the just completed season by appointing centre Mark Davidson as captain-coach.
Davidson replaces Blair Sankey who guided the club in their comeback season to Group 2 football.
The Magpies missed the semi finals but snared some stunning results including a draw with eventual premiers Macksville and upset wins over Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie.
Thrilled at being appointed to his new position, Davidson said the club won't be allowing the grass to grow under their feet in the chase for quality players.
"We are close to making a signing from Cobar and are trying to track work for a player out of the Jersey Flegg competition," Davidson told the Coffs Coast Advocate.
"Plus, I'm happy to say Blair Sankey is staying on."
After a part season with Nambucca Heads, Davidson switched to Bellingen at the beginning of the year and impressed as one of the Magpie's best.
A graduate of St.Mary's in the Metropolitan Cup he also has vast experience in Sydney's tough A grade competition.
"Some good things have been done over the past few months as you'd expect from such a great club," he said.
"Now we move on taking it another step forward towards the playoffs."