Allen key to building club
EXPERIENCE is invaluable when it comes to succeeding on the sporting field.
Dean Allen has enjoyed considerable success in rugby league, and it is his experiences playing in some of the region's most successful teams and learning from some very astute coaches which he hopes to bring to the South Tweed Koalas in 2010.
This week Allen signed on as the A-grade coach for the club, which has had a turbulent debut year in the Gold Coast Rugby League, able to field only reserves and under -19s teams.
Recognising the challenge that lies ahead, Allen sees the move to South Tweed as a major stepping stone in his coaching career.
Currently working as an assistant coach to Byron Bay's Nathan Cross, and pulling on the boots when needed, Allen has had a distinguished career as a player in both the Queensland State League and the Gold Coast league, and is now looking to make his mark as a coach.
“Coaching is definitely something which I have been keen to pursue, and when the opportunity came up at South Tweed, I was up for the challenge,” Allen said.
“I'm well aware of the troubles which the club has faced in the past, and I believe we can turn the corner and build on the huge junior base which South Tweed enjoys.
“I think I am a bit of a perfectionist and have enjoyed playing in a winning culture and that's something I want to develop here.
“One thing is certain, South Tweed will not be in the A-grade competition just to make up the numbers in 2010.”
South Tweed president John Morris was delighted at securing Allen for the head coaching role.
“I had been in contact with Gold Coast Rugby League operations manager Tom Marzella with regard to scouting for a senior coach and when Dean was mentioned we were quick to act,” Morris said.
“I think he can give us the lead- ership and direction needed to be competitive in the Gold Coast comp, and I am sure he will help attract players to the club as well as providing pathways for our juniors.”
For Allen, who lives at Robina, the move north from Byron will also benefit his young family.
Allen played in the highly successful Burleigh Bears side which dominated in the Queensland State League under the coaching guidance of Rick Stone.
He also played for the Tweed Heads Seagulls in both the Queensland Cup and the FOGS Cup, and last year played for the premiership-winning Southport Tigers side before heading south to Byron Bay.
“I have worked with some really good coaches - particularly Rick Stone at Burleigh and Steve Murphy at Seagulls - and learned quite a lot from them,” Allen said.
“Given that South Tweed has some promising young players coming through, and if we can recruit a few experienced players to the club, I think we can become a force in the comp.”
Allen said while he would hon- our his commitments to Byron Bay for this season, he would be interested in hearing from anyone wishing to play for South Tweed next year as soon as possible.
“The job of rebuilding the South Tweed A-grade starts now, and I am actively looking for players to be part of that process,” Allen said.
Morris said South Tweed was also inviting coaching applications for its reserves, under-19s and under-17s for 2010. Resumes and player applications can be sent to the club care of PO Box 6457, Tweed Heads South, 2486.