Veteran front-rower Trent McKeough will form a coaching partnership with Anthony Fenton at Port Sharks in 2012.
Veteran front-rower Trent McKeough will form a coaching partnership with Anthony Fenton at Port Sharks in 2012.

Sharks pin hopes on coaching duo

A PAIR of rugby league 'hard men' will be in charge of the resurgence of Port Macquarie Sharks next season.

Anthony Fenton and Trent McKeough are the latest to make local rugby league coaching a double act after taking over from club captain Michael Bright who filled a caretaker role in the second half of the 2011 season following the sudden resignation of Tony Pascoe.

Fenton, who was appointed Group 2's senior representative coach in September, returns to a role that between 2000 and 2003 delivered three grand final appearances, two premierships and the Clayton Cup, awarded to the top premiership-winning team in NSW Country.

McKeough is also a successful former first-grade coach who took the club to the 2004 decider, famously won by Macksville after a whirlwind second-half finish.

While McKeough came out of playing retirement to help the club cope with a long list of injuries last season, the former prop forward is yet to decide if he will play in 2012.



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