Simon Phillips

He may have only played a handful of games for the North Queensland Cowboys back in 2002, but the diehards will remember his name, with Simon Phillips hanging up the boots and joining the Gloucestershire All Golds as their new assistant coach.

Phillips decided to hang up the boots after the 2015 season, knowing that his mind was keen to go around again but his body was not. Injuries caught up with him and he felt it was the right time to step aside and move onto the next chapter in life.

He also joined extensive stints with Intrust Super Cup sides Wynnum-Manly Seagulls and the Norths Devils, and the former player cannot wait to get stuck into his new role.

“The All Golds were the best of the Southern teams in League 1 last season and mixed it really well with the more established teams in the division. I had a few chats with Lee Greenwood early and he really impressed me with his attitude, ideas and expectations,” said Phillips.

“I’m looking forward to working with Lee. He is a very straight shooting guy and you know exactly where you stand with him – an excellent quality to have.

I think I’m very similar. He was an accomplished player and playing at a high level can be quite ruthless in regards to selection and training and that’s the same philosophy I have. From that stand point we’re on the same page.

He’s given me a great opportunity and I’m really looking forward to working with him this season, throwing ideas back and forth.”

The injuries throughout 2015 led Phillips towards coaching and he relishes the challenge ahead and wants to help the club progress and move forward even further.

“Sadly, last season marked the end of my playing career,” said Phillips.

“I would have loved to have carried on. The mind is very willing but sadly the body doesn’t do what it used to.

I played the entire 2015 season with injuries which meant I couldn’t play the way in which I would have liked. That pointed me in the direction of coaching and I really can’t wait to get started.”

“Next season is a big one for the All Golds. Everyone talks about the North/South split, it’s there for all to see but I really think the All Golds could squash that divide next season. Being successful at this level means you need to be on point at every level – from the front of house all the way through. Everything I have seen and the talks I’ve had with Lee only confirm that this club knows that.”

By ricky

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