Larson keen to keep Seagulls? coaching job

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

NEWLY-APPOINTED Tannum Sands A grade rugby league caretaker coach Gary Larson is keen to keep the job for the season.

Although an official announcement regarding the fulltime coaching role has not been issued from the Seagulls, Larson yesterday said he was willing to serve in the job for the entire 2006 season.

'I want to keep honing my coaching skills,'' the former Central Comets mentor said of his decision to step back into the coaching role.'

Larson, who replaces Brett Horsnell who was sacked as club A grade coach last Thursday, attended his first training session with the players at Dennis Park on Tuesday night.

'(Tannum) were looking for someone quick so I put my hand up to help them out,' he said.

"A lot of former (club) players are coming out of the woodwork and there's a good vibe there at the moment.'

Larson told the players he expected them to 'get their noses down and work hard' but also wanted them to have fun.

A product of Miriam Vale who played in the Gladstone competition before going on to a memorable international career, Larson said his immediate goal for 2006 was to "settle the ship'' at the Seagulls before setting higher goals if kept on in the coaching role.

'I want to get a competitive A grade outfit up and going in Tannum,' he said.

'It'll take a while to get to know the guys and the coaching staff ? I've got to show the boys in two weeks what I want and how I want them to play.'

Larson also would not rule out the possibility that he could strap on the boots this season alongside his brother Chris, a former Seagulls back-rower.

'It might be a possibility but at the moment I'm trying to get over an ankle injury which I've had for the last month ? that's why I didn't finish the Legends game,' he said.

'But I'd rather put my efforts into the blokes already there.'



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