Some will believe that the club should have retained Neil Henry whilst others will believe a change was needed and the North Queensland Cowboys fans that were after change have gotten their wish, with the club confirming earlier reports that Paul Green would be their new coach in 2014.
Green, who has signed a 2-year deal with the club as coach, was previously a player at the club back in 1999 and 2000, and will commence his role with the club once his current duties as an assistant coach at the Sydney Roosters cease.
Playing in 162 games in his career and playing seven State of Origin games – the first Cowboys player to do so – Green has enjoyed success as a coach, having led the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls to back-to-back Intrust Super Cup titles.
As their search continued, the club eventually settled on Green – a former QLD Residents and Sydney Roosters U20’s coach – and believe he is the right man to guide their side forward.
â€œAs everyone is aware, we undertook a very thorough process with filling our coaching vacancy and Paul proved to be the outstanding candidate in a very high quality field,â€ said Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain.
â€œPaul has a fantastic resume and his presentations and discussions with us proved that he has the abilities and qualities we were looking for.
â€œWe strongly believe he is the right person to take our club to the next level of performance and our ultimate goal â€“ winning our first premiership.
â€œHe has had a great grounding starting with his playing career then being an assistant coach under Wayne Bennett at the Broncos, two premierships with Wynnum-Manly and then being part of the Roosters under Trent Robinson this year.”
With Green the coach, the club also took the time to thank those that made themselves available for the position.
â€œWeâ€™d like to put on the record our thanks to everyone who applied for our head coach position,” said Jourdain.
â€œThe professionalism and enthusiasm the other candidates showed was first class and proved how much depth there is in the coaching ranks in this country.
â€œWeâ€™re sure our members and supporters will warmly welcome Paul back to the Cowboys.â€
Green will be the seventh head coach of the Cowboys and having played 35 games for the club across two seasons, he is excited to not only return, but also to have the opportunity to coach first-grade.
â€œItâ€™s an exciting time for me and my family,â€ he said.
â€œI’ve always wanted to be a head coach in the NRL and now I have that chance with an outstanding football club that already has a high-quality playing roster in place.
â€œI’ve been in a number of different roles along the way and I think they will have prepared me well for whatâ€™s ahead.
â€œIâ€™m looking forward to getting to work as soon as I can and start the process of getting the team ready for 2014.â€