Sharks re-sign winning coach for another season



GROUP 2 premiers Port Macquarie have re-signed head coach Tony Pascoe for a third season.

Pascoe said within minutes of the Sharks beginning their lap of honour on grand final day he was '99 per cent certain' he wanted the job again but the club took all doubt out of the equation by offering the job and Pascoe duly accepted.

But Port may be forced to commence a re-building program in the off-season.

Veteran forwards James Newell and Mark Temple have entered retirement, match winners Nac Kini Kini and Hamilton Hughes are almost certain to return to Jim Beam Cup football, but the biggest threat to stability is believed to be cross-town rivals Port City Cavaliers.

The Group 3-based club has targeted the Sharks with a buying spree that's already snared reserve grade coach Adrian Daley Sen. with his son, Adrian Jnr, expected to follow.

Grand final winger Luke Sprague is also strongly tipped to defect, joining his brother Ben who coaches the Cavaliers.

However, club captain and Coffs Coast Advocate 'player of the year' Matt Shipway has confirmed he's a certain starter with the premiers in 2007.

In other pending appointments, the Coffs Harbour club is likely to name a replacement for Scott Mieni by this weekend.

? GREG WHITESharks re-sign winning coach for another season

GROUP 2 premiers Port Macquarie have re-signed head coach Tony Pascoe for a third season.

Pascoe said within minutes of the Sharks beginning their lap of honour on grand final day he was '99 per cent certain' he wanted the job again but the club took all doubt out of the equation by offering the job and Pascoe duly accepted.

But Port may be forced to commence a re-building program in the off-season.

Veteran forwards James Newell and Mark Temple have entered retirement, match winners Nac Kini Kini and Hamilton Hughes are almost certain to return to Jim Beam Cup football, but the biggest threat to stability is believed to be cross-town rivals Port City Cavaliers.

The Group 3-based club has targeted the Sharks with a buying spree that's already snared reserve grade coach Adrian Daley Sen. with his son, Adrian Jnr, expected to follow.

Grand final winger Luke Sprague is also strongly tipped to defect, joining his brother Ben who coaches the Cavaliers.

However, club captain and Coffs Coast Advocate 'player of the year' Matt Shipway has confirmed he's a certain starter with the premiers in 2007.

In other pending appointments, the Coffs Harbour club is likely to name a replacement for Scott Mieni by this weekend.

? GREG WHITE



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