Cootamundra has joined the list of Group Nine clubs still searching for a coach after failing to come to an arrangement with Simon Vanzanten.
Vanzanten stepped in at a difficult time for the club this year but has grown frustrated in delays by the committee.
Despite looking to re-sign since July, Vanzanten has announced he won’t return in 2017 and could drag a number of players with him.
“I won’t be coaching at Coota again this year,” Vanzanten said.
“I wanted to sign a number of players by the weekend and we couldn’t come to an agreement on that.
“The club wants to wait until the AGM until they move forward so I won’t be staying in Cootamundra.”
Despite turning 38 last week, Vanzanten still believes he has at least one more year in him and is looking at his options.
He is confident he has the support of a number of Bulldogs players, which could spark another large player drain for the club.
Cootamundra secretary Michael Dabin said the club was disappointed by the situation, but thought it was best to wait until the new committee could make the decision.
“I really respected the job he did for us this year, and a little bit disappointed that we are not in a position to have retained him,” Dabin said.
“He did a good job for us in a very difficult year.”
The Bulldogs join Kangaroos, Tumut, Brothers and Junee as clubs yet to confirm who will coach in 2017 although Ben Black and Matt Hands are expected to continue in their roles.