After tasting the highs of NRL coaching, Newcastle’s Danny Buderus wants more.
But not right now.
Buderus was beaming after his bottom-placed Knights upset the Storm 20-6 in Melbourne in their best performance of the season.
The 37-year-old former Newcastle and NSW captain now has two wins and two losses from his four games in charge since taking over from the sacked Rick Stone.
Buderus was loving the ride as head coach, particularly the wins, but said he wasn’t ready to take the job on a permanent basis.
“There’re a lot of ups and downs at the moment and that’s an up,” Buderus said.
“It’s fantastic, it’s emotional, it’s nerve wracking and you feel alive, that’s for sure.
“But I know that there’s a lot of preparation in where this club’s heading and I’m not willing to reconsider.
“Hopefully down the track … if this is as good as it can feel, why wouldn’t you want to do it?”
Buderus was thrilled to be able to knock over a finals contender, particularly for his long-time friend and former teammate Kurt Gidley.
The 33-year-old skipper will leave Newcastle at the end of the season after signing a one-year deal with Warrington.
Gidley said the win was one of the best of his career, which is a feat given he’s in his 15th NRL season.
“Walking off there, I know it’s probably special because I’ve only got two games left, but it is one of the greatest, most satisfying wins of my career,” Gidley said.
“After a tough season, it’s one I’ll never forget, that’s for sure.”
The Knights moved to 14th, off the bottom of the ladder, with the win.
Buderus said while it was probably a personal motivation for the players, he wasn’t using the wooden spoon to rally the troops.
“If we keep playing like that, hopefully the wooden spoon will go away.”