TAKING CHARGE: Anthony Donovan is forming a combination with Peter Lee to coach the Woolgoolga Seahorses first grade team in 2017.
TAKING CHARGE: Anthony Donovan is forming a combination with Peter Lee to coach the Woolgoolga Seahorses first grade team in 2017. Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Ad

New duo to hold the reins of Seahorses

WHILE many Seahorses supporters were thrilled the rugby league team reached the finals in 2016, new Woolgoolga coach Anthony Donovan doesn't want the club to be satisfied with just making the semi finals.

"When you come to training you're here to win a premiership, you're not here to come second or just make the semis," Donovan said.

"With all of the other coaches we'll work together to create a good formula for the entire club to push forward to win premierships in all three grades.

"That's what I strive for. Every coach strives for that and that's no secret. I'm not there to get to the top five, I'm there to win a premiership."

The Seahorses' committee has also moved quickly to fill the coaching roles in the lower grades as well.

Nathan Graham and Marley Weller will join forces to guide the reserve grade team in 2017 while Adam Wellington has been named as the under-18s coach.

During the season Donovan will have Peter Lee as his right hand man and the new coach said the whole club will benefit from the input "The Body" will provide.

"Pete's an in demand man actually.

"I know he's had offers and been asked by other people to assist them because he's that good," the new coach said.

Donovan said one thing he'll ask of his players on match day is to play their natural game.

"It comes down to what's in front of you as a player. If you see something go for it," he said.

"A player has to back himself and his ability. You don't want to coach natural ability out of players. I've seen that done to many players at higher levels and it doesn't suit their style and that's why they struggle.

"You don't want to make them a robot."



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