Winning coach to shift focus
AFTER three consecutive Far North Coast first-grade premierships, Lennox Head Trojans rugby union player-coach Paul Jeffery has decided to stand down as coach next season.
However, Jeffery has played a key role in luring former Ballina and Wollongbar-Alstonville premiership-winning coach Tony Bundock to over in 2012.
The 34-year-old plans to stay on as an assistant coach under Bundock.
"He (Bundock) is a Level 3 coach and I think there is a lot I can learn from him," Jeffery said.
"It's a great opportunity and I approached Tony about him taking over."
Jeffery will now shift his focus as coach of the Far North Coast Under-20s side after an unsuccessful application to coach the NSW Country Colts side in 2012.
"I think it's the next step for me as a coach and I made it down to the final three for the Country job," he said.
"I'm only 34 and I'm keen to work with some younger players.
"We've had 38 players show interest already, so it's something I'm looking forward to."
Bundock returns to FNC rugby union after almost a decade in the Northern Territory.
He has coached professionally in Canada, spent time as a development officer in the Northern Territory and coached Darwin in the Australian Shield competition.
Jeffery is happy to step back and take on the assistant role.
"I think three years was enough," he said.
"I wouldn't say no to taking on the role again in the future and I'll keep playing in either first or second grade next season.
"It's a pressure job, but I'm lucky - I coached for three years and only lost five games."
Jeffery took over from Brad Stamp after the Trojans won their first premiership in 2008.
The FNC Colts have one last training session tonight and will resume in two weeks on Monday and Wednesday nights.