By MARK CASHMAN
The ramifications from the Shute Shield participation agreement are already starting to kick in with likeable West Harbour coach Mark Gudmunson announcing that he is stepping down.
Gudmunson, who steered the Pirates through the past three difficult seasons at Concord, said work commitments and the increasing demands of coaching at Shute Shield level as the reason he was stepping away from the role.
The participation agreement requires that the head coach do the job on a full-time basis.
But significantly Gudmunson said that he would still be heavily involved at the club as they continue their rebuild.
“I will not be going anywhere,” Gudmunson told Rugby News. “I am still keen to play a role in West Harbour continuing to improve.
“I truly believe and the playing group know where we should be in terms of position on the table and believe that a new head coach will come in and achieve those results.
“When the new head coach is announced I am