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“We are going to finish the job”

Wayne Saunders named Narrabri Rugby League Football Club’s 2018 first grade coach

Wayne Saunders is the new Narrabri Blues first grade coach

The Narrabri Rugby League Football Club has announced its new first grade coach.

Wayne Saunders has held a number of coaching positions with the Blues over the years, including reserve grade coach and first grade captain-coach.

In 2018 he will be tasked with the challenge of bettering the Blues’ 2017 season, which was the top grade’s best in recent years.

Saunders replaced 2017 coach John Rumsby, who moved on following a very successful season in charge.

Rumsby and his coaching staff set the bar extremely high this year, leading the side to the grand final which it lost 30-22.

Saunders, who was a conditioning coach during the campaign, now has big boots to fill.

It was a challenge which he said he relished.

“It is a great time to be a part of the club,” Saunders said.

“Pickles [Narrabri Rugby League Football Club president Michael Gleeson] has done an awesome job getting everyone together.

“The challenge now is to repeat last season and go one better.

“The boys all think that it’s a job unfinished, so we are going to finish the job.

“The old saying is ‘do all the one per centers right’, but after a grand final loss you have to do 10 per cent extra, because you become the hunted.

“All those lower teams will want to beat us."