Football: Bootsma leaves Kangas

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North Albany coach Brad Bootsma has walked out on the club he led to four consecutive premierships in pursuit of a Western Australian Football League coaching career.

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The former Fremantle Docker, who was instrumental in the Kangas premiership four-peat between 2005-2008, has quit despite having a year left at the Kangas helm to move to Perth.

Bootsma said he had left the Kangas on good terms and the decision was made because he could not commit to the club.

The premiership player-coach has a young family. His son Josh is pursing a football career at his father’s former WAFL club South Fremantle, with the coach giving both as other reasons for his decision.

“It’s more about just committing, I just can’t commit to the club,” Bootsma said.

“Look, I can leave a happy man, I leave in high regards with the club.”

He said since being at the helm of the Kangas for five seasons, he was satisfied with what he had achieved.

“I happened to be involved in one of the best eras in the club’s history,” Bootsma said.

“The club was pretty professional when I came here but with my background I have been able to implement a few little things that have helped along the way.”

He confirmed he wanted to continue his involvement in football and, in particular, coaching.

“I want to be involved in football and go a little further with my coaching,” he said. “I still want to be involved in coaching – where that will be who knows – but I will pursue a career in coaching in the WAFL system.

“I have got a few things coming up, a few interviews, so we will see how they go,” he said.

Bootsma said his main focus right now was to be closer to his family and son Josh in Perth.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time down here and as they say all good things must come to an end.”

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