Gulls sign Geyer
A STORM is brewing in Cudgen, with the announcement of Tweed Heads Seagulls' Queensland Cup coaches for season 2010.
Former Melbournites Ben Anderson and Matt Geyer were yesterday confirmed for the top job by club president Wayne Fitzpatrick, who was elated to welcome the pair on board.
“It's great to have guys of such calibre join the Seagulls,” he said.
“They are great buddies and the combination of both I expect to be very good for the club.”
If his blood line is anything to go by, Anderson comes from fantastic coaching pedigree.
His father Chris was one of the most decorated players of the 1970s and early 1980s with Canterbury, NSW and Australia, before becoming an eqaully successful coach at both NRL and international levels.
Young Anderson too has played in the top flight with both the Bulldogs and Storm in the NRL, as well as a short stint with Halifax in the English Superleague.
However, the 34-year-old was forced into premature retirement by a knee injury, which ultimately saw him turn his hand to coaching.
Honing his trade in the lower grades, Anderson took control of the Moranbah Miners in the Mackay and District Rugby League competition in 2007, leading them to the 2009 grand final earlier this year.
“Ben is still young, but comes from great pedigree,” Fitzpatrick said.
“He has proven himself to be a talented coach in the lower grades and I think he's ready to step up.”
While Anderson assumes the role of head coach, Geyer is set to be his right hand man.
Boasting a name that needs no introduction in rugby league circles, the 34-year-old brings with him bucket-loads of experience and professionalism.
A veteran of 262 games for the Storm, Geyer played in two City-Country clashes and three State of Origins before his retirement in 2008.
“Matt has been in the system for many years and is a true professional,” Fitzpatrick said.
“Matt is someone our players can look up to and his experience will be a great help to Ben.
“He is also on very good terms with John Cartwright, which can only better our relationship with the Titans.”
While Geyer is already based on the Gold Coast, Anderson is finalising plans to move to the area and is expected to arrive next month.
Training is sheduled to commence at Ned Byrne Oval on November 23 and Fitzpatrick says the boys in the Butcher's stripes are ready to take flight.
“We've retained most of our players from last season and I will announce our new recruits next week,” he said.
“Everything in place and ready to go and I can't wait for next season to kick off.”
While the reserve grade coaches will also be announced next week, Fitzpatrick confirmed the signings of Mark Darby (head) and Steve Manning (assistant) as coaches of the Colts.