IN-form Wingham rugby league fullback TJ Rudolph is heading back to New Zealand.
Rudolph has been outstanding for the Tigers this season since switching to the custodian's role. He was among Wingham's best in their demolition of Taree City last weekend.
However, coach Stewart Baker confirmed Rudolph is going back home as he has been accepted into the police force.
"He's been playing great footy, too,'' Baker said.
"I bought some boots last week,'' Baker replied when asked who he had in mind to replace Rudolph.
"No, to be honest I'm not really sure yet. I'll cross that bridge when it comes, he has another week yet so I'll go from there.''
Baker described the win over the Bulls as 'pretty good.'
"We got through our sets a lot better today. I was a bit disappointed they scored that last try at the end, but the boys kept putting their hands up in defence and attack.
Baker said five-eighth Matt Bridge has been building for a big game in recent weeks and he delivered against the Bulls.
"He'll just build from now on I reckon,'' he added.
"He's a great little player.''