Newcastle Rugby League: Lakes down to final five applicants for 2019 coaching job

POSITION: Outgoing Lakes coach Todd Edwards. Picture: Josh Callinan
POSITION: Outgoing Lakes coach Todd Edwards. Picture: Josh Callinan

LAKES president Paul Jeffries expects to make a final decision in the “next little while” after interviewing each of the five applicants left in the race to coach the Seagulls in 2019.

Jeffries said the nominations had been “whittled down” over the last week and Lakes officials would form a small sub-committee before making a “recommendation” to the board.

“We’re pretty happy [with the applications],” Jeffries told the Newcastle Herald on Wednesday. “Hopefully we can announce someone sooner rather than later.”

It comes as current Seagulls coach Todd Edwards, who has been linked with former club Cessnock for next season, was recently granted leave from the second year of his contract on compassionate grounds.  

ROUND 14 FIXTURES: Macquarie v Kurri Kurri, Maitland v Western Suburbs (Saturday); South Newcastle v Cessnock, Central Newcastle v Lakes (Sunday).

ROUND 14 FIXTURES: Macquarie v Kurri Kurri, Maitland v Western Suburbs (Saturday); South Newcastle v Cessnock, Central Newcastle v Lakes (Sunday).

* STILL on the coaching front and Kurri Kurri have yet to announce whether or not Ron Griffiths will stay on at the Bulldogs beyond 2018. 

* NEWCASTLE Rugby League advertised on Wednesday for 2019 Rebels representative coaches, including a new women’s tackle position.

While unsure of exact details of how it would work, a Rebels women’s tackle team has been put on the agenda but not to replace the already established ladies league tag.

Marc Glanville has looked after the Newcastle ladies league tag side the last two campaigns.

Phil Williams, who was last week announced as coach of club side Central for next year, and Macquarie’s Adam Bettridge are the incumbent senior and emerging men’s Rebels mentors.

* SOUTHS will mark the ninth anniversary of Sleapy’s Day at Townson Oval next Saturday (August 18).