Col Speed.
Col Speed.

Speedy exit?

WILL he or won't he?

Speculation is still rife whether Grafton Ghosts' first grade coach Col Speed will be at the helm in 2012.

The rumour mill has been working overtime the past few weeks as local league supporters discuss if the two-time Ghosts NRRRL premiership winning coach will aim for three titles on the trot

In an exclusive interview with the Examiner, Speed, who is arguably one of the most successful and astute coaches to take over the reins at the club, was kind enough to set the record straight.

"I haven't made a decision as yet and at the moment I'm weighing up my options," Speed told the Examiner on Monday.

"I've been offered an assistant coaching position with the Mackay Cutters and I'll be heading up to Queensland on October 14 for a meeting."

Speed admitted he received a phone call from current Cane Cutters coach Anthony Seibold prior to guiding the Ghosts to victory against the Mustangs in the NRRRL decider.

"Anthony was a lecturer at University when I was at Toowoomba and is a very good friend," Speed said.

"He rang me a couple of weeks before the grand final to ask if I was interested in having a talk."

Speed said he is committed to doing what is best for his family although he did add getting a foot in the door in arguably Queensland's strongest competition outside the NRL is a tempting offer.

"Mackay are a feeder club for the North Queensland Cowboys and play in the Instrust Cup competition," Speed revealed.

"They say it is probably the second strongest competition in Australia behind the NRL

"They have given me a job description and a role to play and it's a good opportunity for myself...but my family definitely comes first."

The Ghosts have experienced plenty of success under Speed who also introduced to the club a standard of professionalism not seen before.

'I have to admit the Ghosts have been really good and patient with me which I appreciate," he said.

"They have offered me a contract in writing but I know what ever decision I make I'm sure they will have all bases covered."



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