Former Eels hooker becomes Junior Development Officer of the Burleigh Bears

Matt Keating

He enjoyed a long, healthy career in the NRL and after a stint with the Burleigh Bears in the Intrust Super Cup, Matt Keating retired and thus ended his playing career.

Fast forward to the present, though, and Keating will have a new role at the Burleigh Bears, with the club appointing him as their full-time Junior Development Officer.

It is a new role that Keating looks forward to as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.

“It’s great to finish my footy career and then go into a rugby league job. I’m very passionate about it and I’m ready to learn,” said Keating.

The role will see him work closely with the Burleigh juniors, the Mal Meninga and Cyril Connell teams, as well as well as the FOGS Colts team.

In addition to that, he will work closely with Gold Coast schools such as PBC, Coomabah and Marymount College – something he relishes.

“I want to focus on getting juniors through the system rather than just relying on bringing in somebody from outside all the time. If you’ve got that talent, you’ve got to use it and develop it,” said Keating.

“We want juniors to develop themselves, come through the grades on the Gold Coast and at Burleigh and become an Intrust Super Cup player. That’s what the club wants to see, that’s the goal for me and that’s how I’ll see results over the years.

Keating knows he has his work cut out but he is committed to promoting junior talent in Burleigh and believes there can be a lot of positives to come from it long-term.

“What’s happening at the top and what Jimmy Lenihan is going to do and implement is great,” said Keating.

“If I can put those systems in place down the grades, we’re going to see results and I really believe we’ll have some good stories coming in the years ahead.”

In addition to the new role for Keating, the Burleigh Bears have announced that I Luv Coffee have extended their naming rights deal with the club for a further two years.

Bears CEO Damien Driscoll was looking forward to the continued partnership between the two organisations.

“The support from I Luv Coffee for the next two years will ensure the Burleigh Bears will continue to thrive and grow” Driscoll said.

“Right from the start of our partnership, I luv Coffee have been great supporters of the club and we look forward to repaying their faith in us.

I Luv Coffee are just as pleased to continue their tenure as a corporate partner and sponsor of the Burleigh Bears.

“I Luv Coffee has been extremely proud to partner with the Burleigh Bears for the last five years and looks forward to working even closer with the club over the next two seasons,” said Grant Nordin.

“We look forward to continuing our strong relationship and look forward to the Bears on field success.”

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