HAVING fallen one game short of a grand final berth for the past two years, Coffs Rugby has put in place a coaching team it believes will help it reach the goal of becoming a premiership force again.

"The club has had success every year with first grade always being in the top three over the past 14 years. However, it's been a few years since we have been a genuine premiership chance," Snappers president Matt Joyce said.

The Snappers have appointed a dual coaching role with first grade in 2017. Brett Davis and Troy Baker will be in charge of the First XV.

Davis was the coach of the SCU Marlins this year, but Joyce said gaining the services of both Davis and Baker is a coup as both coaches bring attributes that will ensure structured fast-paced play, individual position and player development, and a

focus on how to be competitive and win while maintaining the club's focus on spirit and enjoyment of the game.

"As ex-players, both Brett and Troy have an understanding of what players want and what is required to make the first grade squad and the Coffs Harbour Snappers as a whole, competitive across all grades," he said.

The Snappers have also retained the services of incumbent first grade coach Rob Waddy, who moves into a coaching coordinator's role.

Some pre-season training has already started each Wednesday at 5.30pm at Diggers Beach, but the coaches will announce a structured program soon.



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