Magpies mystery as Matt makes move
THE captain/coach position at the Lower Clarence Magpies for next season was signed, sealed and almost delivered.
Prop-forward Matt Michael agreed to take over the reigns at the Magpies after their one-point grand final victory against Northern United but has suddenly left the region with plenty of questions unanswered.
Lower Clarence Magpies president Garry Anderson said Michael had signed with the club as captain/coach but has now moved on.
“Matt is no longer with the Magpies, he decided to part ways with the club and doesn’t want to coach in the area,” Anderson said.
“We’re moving on and so is Matt. He has some personal issues and the club wishes him all the best ... he parted on good terms.
“He will be missed as a bloke and as a player ... there are no grudges. Any rumours out there that Matty owes money are completely wrong.”
Anderson said a new first-grade coach has been appointed.
“We’re happy to announce Ricky Binge will take over as coach and he is looking forward to the challenge,” Anderson said.
Mystery has surrounded Michael as to his whereabouts but it has now been confirmed he has signed-on as a player with the Goondiwindi Boars, who play in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
Boars president Garry Roberts said Michael was approached to sign with the club after the Magpies grand-final victory at Maclean.
“Our coach, Tony Mitchell, and Ewan McGrady (1991 Rothmans Medal Winner) heard about Matt so they went to watch the grand-final to see him play,” Roberts said.
“Tony was looking for a forward and he liked what he saw. He asked Matt after the game if he was interested in signing for the Boars but Matt said he was a couple of days too late as he had just signed up as captain-coach of the Magpies.
“Tony told Matt that if anything changed give him a call.”
The Daily Examiner attempted to contact Michael and yesterday received a short text message in which he advised that he had nothing to say, was happy to be out of Grafton and that he would like to be left alone.