Former Knights captain takes over as Seagulls coach
THERE'S a new bloke on the block.
Former Newcastle Knights captain Sam Stewart arrived in town on Friday, ready to take over the coaching position at the Tannum Sands Seagulls.
Arriving from the Gold Coast, where he coached the rep side for seven years, Stewart is looking forward to rebuilding and redeveloping the Seagulls' identity.
"They are certainly in a rebuilding phase," Stewart said.
"It will be nice to help develop the club over the years."
It seems the Seagulls team echoed Stewart's vision when they met up for their first training session together on Sunday.
"Footballers from all over the world have a common thread," Stewart said.
"We are all decent blokes."
The league legend, who has played and coached in a number of countries, is looking forward to settling down in Gladstone for a while after taking over as chief executive at Identify, a local labour and training specialist.
"It's a good challenge for me, coming to a regional area," he said.
"It's a new club, new town, new business."
As for next season, Stewart plans to take it one step at a time.
"Winning is not the most important thing," he said. "Success will not come overnight.
"Rugby league is a good game like that. You don't have to win to enjoy it."
- Sam Stewart has been involved in the game at all levels. He played for Wellington and New Zealand Maori sides, captaining the Maori at the 1986 Pacific Cup.
- He was also the first captain of the Newcastle Knights.
- In 2012 he was named in the Wellington Rugby League's Team of the Century.