Bushby quits from Comets
By MITCHELL DALE
COFFS Harbour Comets reserve grade coach Geoff Bushby has quit the club less than a month out from season kick-off, saying he hopes his resignation will help the club attract more players.
It is thought Bushby's decision was sparked by a lack of support from certain players.
"Geoff feels that while he is at the club, there are players out there who won't commit to the club," Comets president Ian Trengove said.
"He believes his presence was holding the club back.
"That's why he resigned.
"He was big enough to put the club before himself.
"I think what Geoff has done should be a catalyst for the club to move forward.
"Hopefully a lot of the players sitting on the outside looking in will become involved."
In Bushby's place is Sergeant Slaughter, aka Scott Seccomb, a former soldier who is sure to have the reserve graders fit and full of fire and brimstone.
Trengove said the split was amicable and was quick to note Bushby's achievements at the club both as a coach and committee member.
"He coached reserve grade to a premiership (last year) and took the Under-18s to the finals in 2002 and 2003," Trengove said.
"He was also a very big part of our committee, I would say he has earned the club around $150,000 in sponsorship over three years.
"We are having a record year as far as sponsorship goes and a lot of that can be put down to the professional structure he set up.
"He will be a big loss."