Hancock confirms move to Wests
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
AS revelaed by the Coffs Coast Advocate in Greg White's 'Flick Pass' column last week, Macleay Valley Mustangs captain-coach Kurt Hancock has stepped down from the position for 2007 so he can take up the role of captain-coach at Western Suburbs in the Newcastle competition.
"I was looking to stay here (Macleay) for another year but the opportunity came up and I had to take it," Hancock said of the decision.
"Somewhere along the line I'd like to coach a team in the Jersey Flegg or Jim Beam Cup if I could because I'd like to see if I can make a career out of coaching. I'm passionate about coaching and to be a career coach you have to succeed at that level and the job at Wests gives me the chance to see if I can do that."
Proof that Hancock was committed to the Mustangs cause next year is the fact that he didn't applied for the role.
"They had a heap of applicants but I wasn't one of them," the utility forward explained.
"They rang me and we had a meeting a couple of Tuesdays ago where we talked about a lot of things and then went back again on the Friday. We talked and from my point of view, I didn't want to leave the boys but this was an opportunity too good to miss.
"I have to thank my boys for the year because we got some results and that ended up getting my name thrown up."
Hancock will be disappointed at leaving the Mustangs next month when he packs his bags for Newcastle but he's adamant that even without him, the team will still be a force in 2007.
"We'll have a meeting this week with all the boys and make sure they stick together," he said.
"I think they've got a good chance at giving it a shake next year."