Former Manly coach appointed as new head coach of Bradford

Geoff Toovey

Relaunched as a club, the new Bradford team have made an astute performance in the head coaching department, appointing former Manly Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey.

Finding the right candidate was the key and after searching for that, new club owner Graham Lowe said Toovey was the man for the job.

“We wanted a coach that was courageous, experienced and was a good person. Respect was important as well,” said Lowe.

“At this time of year, it’s not an easy thing to come up with, to appoint a coach of the calibre that this club deserves.

“We scratched our heads and identified a number of people that could do a job and deliver the club to where it needs to be.”

Lowe is familiar with Toovey and what he can do during his time also working with the Manly club and knowing Toovey as a coach and person convinced Lowe he was the right fit.

“I started to think about coaches that I knew and players that I’d coach who I’d seen perform under pressure and perform courageously,” Lowe added.

“When I went to Manly in Sydney I met a gentleman that quickly became one of my dearest friends and one of the greatest players I’ve coached.”

Lowe is confident that the fans and players will like Toovey and backs him to guide the new Bradford side in a positive direction.

“Everybody is going to like Geoff. He’s a proud person and he’s not coming here to muck around. He’s a fantastic coach, a proven coach and an uncompromising coach,” said Lowe.

“He’s up for a challenge all the time and I can’t wait for him to get here. I think we’ve got a great rugby league person in this part of the world.”

Toovey, who can understand how tough the process has been on everyone, is looking forward to the role and making the most of it.

“I understand how tough it has been for everyone attached to the club but this is our time now to turn things around and get Bradford back to where they belong – playing entertaining rugby league,” said Toovey.

“I’m well aware of the challenge ahead of us but as coaches and players, these are the things that encourage us to do better and achieve our goals.

“I’m really excited about this role and can’t wait to start getting things together at the Bulls.

“The club, staff, players and fans deserve the best and that’s what I aim to deliver.”

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