Horsnell named Seagulls coach

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE NRL flavour continues to permeate through the CQ Extended League after the appointment of Brett Horsnell as Tannum Sands A grade coach for season 2006.

Horsnell's signing is a major coup for Tannum who finished as the Extended League's A grade wooden-spooners last season.

Horsnell brings with him a wealth of top-level experience gleaned during an impressive 12-year career at the Gold Coast, South Queensland and Parramatta.

After finishing his NRL career, Horsnell turned his attention's to coaching and captain-coached Group 18 club Runaway Bay to a A grade title.

Horsnell is looking forward to a fresh start in Central Queensland and even though he is a nonplaying coach is excited at the prospect of lifting the Seagulls next season.

'I can't wait to get into it mate,' Horsnell said.

'This is a fresh start for me and was impressed with the whole place, Tannum Sands looks a nice town and hopefully I can get their team playing good footy.'

Horsnell is planning to breathe new life into the club and is looking to lift the club up the Extended League ladder as soon as possible.

'I want to turn the club around as quick as I can, there is no doubt about that.

'To improve, we need to improve the culture and get everyone going in the right direction.'

And Horsnell has pinpointed some key areas from where he believes the improvement will start to come from.

'Footy is about kids and giving them the chance to play in the right environment.

'The club has a lot of talented young players and I see my role as the club's coach, not just A grade, about nurturing and developing them into the best players they can be,' he said.

For a man who has Chris Close, Brian Smith and Trevor Gillmeister as his referees, it would be hard to argue Horsnell can't do that.

Horsnell moves to the region next month and will be holding his first training session at Dennis Park on Tuesday, December 6.

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