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Shez to play on

Tim Sheringham will play on next year. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TIM Sheringham will extend his glittering career for at least another season, with the Bell Park co-coach to play on in 2020.

The 32-year-old, who will return from injury for Saturday’s crucial clash with fellow finals contender StMary’s, revealed he isn’t ready to retire just yet.

“People are always asking me about BFL and stuff like that, but I’m not really interested, to be honest,” Sheringham said.

“I’d rather stick it out at Bell Park. I don’t have very long left, and I’m well entrenched in the place.

“My boys have started Auskick, so I’ve got no intentions of going anywhere.

However, whether Sheringham, who won the Mathieson Medal with Daniel Lovick in 2012, will share the coaching role with Shane Jack is up for discussion.

“I’m definitely still weighing it up. There’s a lot of things that come into play; family, work – I changed jobs recently. So there are things like that,” he said.

“There’s obviously the position of the club from a resource point-of-view. Who have we got around? How’s the list going and what they need?

“There’s a lot of things I need to consider and play out before I make a hasty decision.”

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More pressing for Sheringham is the Dragons extending their winning run to four matches when they clash with the Saints at Anthony Costa Oval.

Bell Park sits in fourth spot, just a game and percentage behind both St Joseph’s and Colac, who occupy second and third place respectively.

However, they are only game clear of St Mary’s and South Barwon, who sit seventh and sixth.

The Saints are riding a five-match winning streak after posting a 1-4 win-loss record before the interleague break in mid-May.

“I think it was probably always coming. The competition knows there’s a bit of talent in the group, and they weren’t clicking at the start of the season for whatever reason,” Sheringham said of St Mary’s.

“They’ve definitely beaten some of the better sides now – St Joeys most recently last week, and from all reports, they’re back up-and-running, which is good for us.

“We weren’t very convincing last week against Lara, and we’ll definitely need to play better footy than what we did on the weekend.

But, to Lara’s credit as well, they’ve obviously improved a bit, and are getting closer and closer to being competitive in games.

“Their pressure last week was outstanding, and we didn’t come to handle that.

“St Mary’s is going to be better again, so we need to make sure that we’re ready to handle that heat.”

The Dragons had the better of the Saints by 17 points when they met at Hamlyn Park in Round 2.

“We think we’ve got a fair idea on how they like to play the game, and how they like to get it on their terms,” Sheringham said.

“So, we will be trying to put in place in the same things we put in place in Round 2, which obviously worked for us.

“Both teams will have different personnel, which I think will be relatively even, in terms of comparing the two teams to this week.

“We’ve just got to execute what we executed in Round 2, and hopefully it gets us the four points again.”

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