With it known for some time that a move was on the cards back to Australia, a well-known figure in rugby league – one Shaun McRae – is not out a job for long, with the Tweed Heads Seagulls confirming that the former NRL and Super League coach will be their new CEO, replacing the departing Terry Keen.
Ian Paton, the Chairman of the Seagulls says the appointment of McRae is a massive coup and bonus for the club moving forward.
â€œTo have someone of Shaunâ€™s profile and experience in the game join our club is an exciting prospect to say the least,” Paton said.
â€œTodayâ€™s announcement caps off a really positive last 12 months for the Club with the return of Coach Aaron Zimmerle, the re-introduction of teams into the Bycroft Cup and the opening of the new Community Clubhouse at Piggabeen on the weekend.â€
â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity Pokies for Shaun to take advantage of this momentum and guide the club into an exciting new era.â€ Mr Paton said.
It was an interview last week that saw McRae fly to Australia – one he subsequently impressed in and hence got the job – with the NRL popular figure excited at the new opportunity.
â€œMy wife and I are delighted to be returning to Australia. We love the Tweed/Gold Coast area and I am thrilled to be joining a club with such a long and proud history as Tweed Heads Seagulls,” said McRae.
â€œAll the ingredients are there for success and I look forward to working with the board, staff, players, sponsors and all other stakeholders in driving the club forward.â€ Mr McRae said.
With his current commitments to Hull FC still ongoing as their Director of Football, he will commence his new role at the Seagulls in October.