Coaching is always the next step for players and some thrive on the opportunity more than others and for former North Queensland Cowboys utility Josh Hannay, his next adventure will be in the world of coaching, as he takes over the head coaching mantle at QLD Cup side, the Souths Logan Magpies.
Hannay, who enjoyed a successful club and representative career – he was a part of the 2006 QLD side that coincided with a string of consecutive series wins – he is looking forward to the new and exciting opportunity.
“It’s a really great opportunity and exciting,” Hannay said.
“The club has a proud history and I’m looking forward to working with the staff and players.”‘
Plying his trade as a player and a coach at the Moranbah Mackay Skills side, a training Cup side in North Queensland, he enjoyed some success, taking them to the grand final last year.
Knowing full well that this is the start of the next chapter in his career, Hannay not only looks forward to it, but know the task at hand and what has to be done.
“I have always had a real interest in pursuing a coaching career and even as a player as I matured and started having more of a voice in the playing group a lot of my peers assumed it’s what I would do,” said Hannay.
“I’m certainly aware of the enormity of the role and I don’t take it lightly.”
Souths Logan, who are aligned with NRL side, the Canberra Raiders, will be looking for a better year in 2014 and and president Jim McClelland believes Hannay is the right fit for the job.
“The feedback we received about him was very good and we weren’t scared to put someone in that is untried at this level,’ McClelland said.
“We wanted to make it a clean slate and put somebody fresh in and give them the opportunity.
“He is very well spoken, presents well and knows a lot about the game. I think he is going to offer us and the corridor a lot.”
With a one-year job in the head coaching role to start, Hannay will be both the head coach of the club and work in the club’s development system.
“We wanted to think outside the square and believe Josh will do a good job and he will have the support of a great team with Mark Tookey and Mark Beaumont.”
With the Raiders able to decide who plays there and when to call on players for first-grade, McClelland says that Hannay and the club will implement the structures and procedures that Canberra head coach Ricky Stuart calls for.
“He will implement whatever Ricky wants in terms of structures and it is exciting times for a guy who has been in the system as a player but also to be able to come in and work under that structure,” he said.
Mark Tookey will also join the club’s development system on a full-time basis, with Hannay to officially start his new role on November 1.