PATTY Rose won’t rule out playing Ovens and Murray football next year.
The gun goalkicker, who won the Doug Strang Medal and booted 104 goals in his only season with Wodonga Raiders last year, has been linked heavily to a host of O and M clubs since the season ended.
Albury, North Albury, Wangaratta Rovers and the Raiders have all been touted as suitors.
Rose, who kicked 106 goals at Avondale Heights in the Essendon and District league this season, confirmed he had been contacted by clubs in the league but wouldn’t say who, or how many.
Rose hosed down his chances of returning, fully aware of the speculation on the Border, but wouldn’t rule out coming back to the competition.
“I really enjoyed my time there,” Rose said.
“Look, I won’t close the door on
coming up because it’s a great competition.
“But at the moment I’ll be at Avondale Heights next year.”
The former VFL player averaged more than five goals a game last year, kicking a bag of 10 in a shootout with Albury star Andy Carey at Birallee Park in round 16.
Rose has publicly expressed his desire to play in a premiership since leaving VFL powerhouse Port Melbourne at the end of 2011.
Like the Raiders last year, Avondale Heights bowed out in the first week of finals.