INAUGURAL COACH? Chris Binge has been approached to coach Northern United.
INAUGURAL COACH? Chris Binge has been approached to coach Northern United.

Finals the goal for United: Binge

PROSPECTIVE Northern United coach Chris Binge believes the newly-admitted Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League team is a realistic chance of making the semi-finals in its first season.

Binge confirmed yesterday he had been approached to take on a coaching role with the club, but no firm decisions had been made.

“It’s always been my desire to coach first grade again and that’s why I have been involved with Northern United at the Aboriginal Knockout for the last three or four years,” he said.

“I’ve just got to weigh up my priorities.

“One of the reasons I haven’t made a decision is that I’ve made a partial commitment to (Marist) Brothers to coach in the under-18s.

“It’s also got to fit in with my work and with my son (Chris junior) who is obviously up in Brisbane training with the Broncos.”

Binge said with the playing talent Northern United is expected to attract, it would be a realistic aim for the club to make the semi-finals in its first season.

“In a way, they have already been a success just by being given the nod to go into the competition,” he said.

“To be considered successful in the competition they have to be competitive and have something to aim at and that’s to make the semi-finals.

“I know that is a huge statement to say a team can come from outside the competition and make the semi-finals, but they have some good calibre players on their list.”

Binge believes the restriction that Northern United can’t poach anymore than three players from any existing NRRRL club in its inaugural season won’t pose too many problems.

“If you looking at three players from each club, there are 13 other teams, so that is 39 players right there,” he said.

“But at the end of the day there is only one club in the competition that has got more than three Aboriginal players in their first grade side, and that is Lower Clarence.

“Every other club has got one or two. And there is this perception that the club is an Aboriginal club and that is not the case.

“The club is open to players whether they be black, white or brindle.”

Binge said he recognised that Northern United’s entry into the NRRRL was simply an important first step.

“The club needs to take a very professional approach,” he said.

“They need to appoint a coaching staff that has credibility and appoint coaches that can attract players to the club.

“This club has a board of directors that will not only look after the rugby league side of things, but the business side of things as well.

“They are fully aware that getting into the competition was the easy thing, if you like, and they are well aware of the work that still needs to be done.”


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