Osborne wants consistency
That's the mantra Grafton Rhinos first grade rugby league coach Shane Osborne will take into next season after the club handed him the role this week.
"I won't be the caretaker coach next year, so I won't have any comeback for poor performances," he said yesterday.
Osborne took the reins at the Rhinos after a tumultuous start to the 2011 season. Replacement coach Shaun Fathers had quit the club suddenly, thrusting Osborne into a role he had not prepared for.
Despite some topsy turvy form, the Rhinos strung together some outstanding results in a six-week burst of football that surprised many pundits, who predicted the Rhinos would get nowhere near a semi-final berth.
"The boys got some confidence and put together six or seven weeks of good results," Osborne said.
"It's probably the longest period of consistently good results we've put together as a club," he said yesterday.
"Inconsistency is something that's been part of the club since we started.
"We can play absolutely brilliant football and then have a complete shocker."
Osborne will be concentrating on improving that aspect of the club's performance next season.
"What I want is there to be hardly any difference between our best performance and our worst," he said.
Osborne is not sure what sort of hand he's been dealt with players so far.
He has been disturbed by the rumour that star centre Joe Ravueta has been linked to Sawtell in the Group 2 competition, but is not sure if anything has been finalised.
"I'm probably hearing the same rumours you are," Osborne said.
"But whether it's as easy for Joe to just say he wants to move down there, I don't know."
Another player leaving the club is five-eighth Daniel Sandle-Hay, who is heading to Western Australia to work in the mines.
"That's going to leave us short at five-eighth, but I've got my eye on one of our juniors, who could do the job for us.
"Bud Johnson played five-eighth in the under-18s and had some games for us on the wing at the end of the season.
"He looked like he could handle the role."
Osborne said there was still some doubt about the makeup of the competition, with two of the Northern teams, Cudgen and Tweed Coast Raiders, keen to move.
"I don't know what's happening there," he said.