BACK IN THE DAY: Chris Binge, playing in 2000 for now-defunct Lismore Workers against South Grafton and, inset, today, the inaugural coach of Northern United.
BACK IN THE DAY: Chris Binge, playing in 2000 for now-defunct Lismore Workers against South Grafton and, inset, today, the inaugural coach of Northern United.

Binge named Northern United coach

YOU didn't have to be Nostradamus to see this coming - Chris Binge has officially announced he will coach Northern United in their inaugural Retravision Northern League season.

But it wasn't an easy decision.

Binge said he accepted the first-grade coaching role on Friday after weeks of careful deliberation.

“I got approached by the club to see if I was interested,” he said.

“I informed the club I had some commitments with Marist Brothers coaching the under-18s.

“I had to sort that out along with a number of issues with work and my sons. Chris is going to Brisbane (Broncos) and I want to get to as many games of his as I can.

“I also had to make sure I got the right support staff around me.”

“The club got back to me last week and all those boxes were ticked so I graciously accepted.”

Binge also said he left Marist Brothers on good terms.

“A hard thing for me too was having that commitment with Marist Brothers,” he said.

“But after going back to the club (Brothers) and after speaking with Terry Dardengo and David Krause, they were totally understanding of my position and gave me the green light.

“I'm great mates with David Krause and that will never change.

“When our teams play, we'll both be competitive, but we'll shake hands and the end of each match.”

Former Casino coach Sam Walker has signed on to coach United's reserve grade team and Paul Williams will take the reigns of their under-18s.

“The next step is looking at the playing roster,” Binge said.

“That's what I'll be concentrating on until Christmas.

“There has already been some interest created around the group. I think players have been waiting for the coaching staff to be announced.

“Hopefully, we can now go forward and get these players who've committed verbally to commit on paper.”

Binge said there were also players from outside the group who'd expressed interest in joining Northern United.

The club is expected to announce their playing roster in the coming weeks.

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