Western Suburbs coach Steve Storrie given no clear indication for 2017 Newcastle Rugby League season

UP IN THE AIR: Western Suburbs lock Warren Schillings and his Rosellas teammates are still unsure who will coach the club's first grade squad next season in the Newcastle Rugby League competition. Picture: Perry Duffin.

UP IN THE AIR: Western Suburbs lock Warren Schillings and his Rosellas teammates are still unsure who will coach the club's first grade squad next season in the Newcastle Rugby League competition. Picture: Perry Duffin.

A fourth coach in as many seasons could be on the cards for Western Suburbs with Steve Storrie still uncertain about his future at the club following a meeting with officials on Thursday. 

For consecutive campaigns Wests, the most successful outfit in Newcastle Rugby League’s 107 year history, fell one short of a grand final appearance and failed to claim a title in any grade.   

Storrie has expressed an interest to continue in his current role but remains unsure about whether he will be sacked by the Wests Leagues Club board of directors in the coming weeks.   

“I went in and had a meeting with the club yesterday,” Storrie said. “They haven’t turned around and said no to me, but they haven’t turned around and said yes to me either.”

A life member at the club and having clinched one of his three playing premierships at the Rosellas in 1997, the Kotara junior is well aware of the culture at the New Lambton-based entity. 

“I’d be disappointed not to get another go, but it has always been a tough school there [at Wests],” he said. “You’ve generally got to make a grand final to go again, or at least be half a chance.”

UP IN THE AIR: Western Suburbs utility back Sam Keenan and his Rosellas teammates are still unsure who will coach the club's first grade squad next season in the Newcastle Rugby League competition. Picture: Perry Duffin.

UP IN THE AIR: Western Suburbs utility back Sam Keenan and his Rosellas teammates are still unsure who will coach the club's first grade squad next season in the Newcastle Rugby League competition. Picture: Perry Duffin.

Storrie’s predecessor Dean Botham, who was in charge for 2015 following a premiership three-peat under new Central Newcastle coach Craig Miller, put himself out of the running in October last year due to a drawn out appointment process.  

“That’s the norm [process] at Wests,” football club secretary Neil Scarr said.

“We don’t resolve coaching issues until the end of the season. The leagues club board are yet to meet on where we are going next year as far as coaching goes, so nothing has been decided at this stage and it won’t be resolved for another three weeks. At this juncture Steve Storrie is still here with us until determined otherwise.”

Lakes are the only other district club yet to appoint a head coach for 2017. 

Last year’s champions, who were eliminated by Wests in the minor semi-final earlier this month and missed out on back-to-back crowns, have received two applications to take over from outgoing Dean Noonan.

Both candidates are expected to be interviewed at some stage next week.

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Grand final winning South Newcastle captain-coach Todd Hurrell has yet to declare his playing intentions for next season with former Knights prop Ben Cross taking charge off the field.

Coalfields rivals Cessnock and Kurri Kurri have Steve Kidd and Ron Griffiths respectively returning to first grade coaching places.

Macquarie’s Adam Bettridge and Maitland’s Trevor Ott continue in their positions.

And the Butcher Boys have landed the first major post-season signing with playmaker Brad Murray shifting to Central after two years at Lakes. 

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