NEW BLOOD: Ryan O’Connell (in red) is one of the new coaches in the NRRRL next season.
NEW BLOOD: Ryan O’Connell (in red) is one of the new coaches in the NRRRL next season. Debrah Novak

Most NRRRL coaches to stay on for 2014 season

MOST coaches are returning for a crack at the 2014 premiership in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.

Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Lower Clarence are the only clubs to have appointed new coaches.

Ryan O'Connell takes over from Scott Sattler at Byron Bay after captaining the side last year.

Sattler will still be involved at the Red Devils and will help O'Connell in an unofficial capacity.

Shane Diehm, who captain-coached Mullumbimby to a reserve-grade premiership in 2012, has replaced Troy Johnstone as head coach at the Giants.

Johnstone will do the fitness work and help train the team.

Lower Clarence has turned to former Moorebank Rams captain Nathan Petitt for season 2014.

Petitt takes over from Ricky Binge and Tony Marshall.

Evans Head has also made a change, naming halfback Ryan Eckersley as co-coach to Luke Turner.

Turner shared the coaching duties last season with former NRL player Brandon Costin who the club hopes remains in a consulting role.

Other clubs have opted for more of the same.

Troy McLean, who guided Murwillumbah to premiership success in 2012, will coach Casino for the second consecutive year.

The Cougars have recruited well, signing the likes of Matt King and Roy Bell.

Ballina will start the season favourites after retaining coach Greg Barnes and most of their 2013 premiership-winning team.

The Marist Brother Rams will be coached by Adam Mayes.

Mayes took over from David Krause in 2012 and is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the competition.

Northern United has given Ashley Moran the green light for next season.

Moran came on late as co-coach in 2012 before a full season in charge this year.

Kyogle captain-coach Cameron Mulcahy will oversee the Turkeys' campaign for a third consecutive year while Damian Quinn is set to take on the player-coach role at Murwillumbah again.

Quinn did a good job taking over from McLean last season, getting the Mustangs to their third grand final in a row.

The season will kick off on the first weekend in April.



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