Seagulls coach second to be fired


A SECOND Gladstone and District Rugby League A grade coach has lost his job before the season has even made a start.

Former South Queensland Crushers and Parramatta Eels forward Brett Horsnell has been shown the door at the Tannum Sands Rugby League Club with the executive committee losing faith with their new signing.

Instead, the Seagulls will go into the early stages of the season with former Queensland and Australian second-rower Gary Larson at the helm as caretaker coach.

Horsnell joins Shane Kenward, who resigned from his post at Valleys in December, as a pre-season coaching casualty.

Seagulls president Michael Kearney said the committee could no longer see eye to eye with the former Runaway Bay coach.

'Brett was relieved of his coaching duties (last Thursday),' Kearney said yesterday.

'This was due to differences of opinion and the way things were happening, or not happening, in his role at the club.'

'The executive committee could see that things were going backwards not forwards and one of the commitments (Horsnell) made was that everything would go forward.'

Kearney said Horsnell struggled to communicate with his players, causing some to decamp. He hoped Larson's appointment would encourage players to return.

'It's really good to have Gary on board and the players should find it pretty exciting,' he said.

Kearney said the offer was on the table for Larson to take up the job fulltime but the former international may not be able to do so because of work commitments.

Horsnell yesterday said he was disappointed the move to Tannum Sands did not work out but did not want to comment any further.

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