The search in this case was not an exhaustive one, but after missing out on the State of Origin head coaching role for NSW, the Country Rugby League have decided that Trent Barrett is the man who will coach their side this year.
The appointment was announced today, with the former St George Illawarra Dragons and Cronulla Sharks halfback thrust into the role, following a Country Rugby League board meeting.
Terry Quinn, who is Chief Executive of the CRL, said that he believes Trent Barrett is a coach will go from strength to strength in the future.
“Trent may lack experience but we feel he has a lot of ability and will be a great asset to us,” Quinn said.
“He has been involved with NSW and Country Origin with Laurie Daley and that has been a great thing for him.
“He relates to the players well and will have a good support cast around him.”
Quinn also made mention of Barrett being involved in several other aspects of Country rugby league.
“He will be involved with our country academy and I know that’s something he is looking forward to,” he said.