5 months ago
By Ben McKenna
The Sharks head coach brings to end almost a decade of service at the club
Shaw Cross Sharks head coach Brett Turner will be stepping down from his duties at the end of the season.
Turner has been involved in the coaching staff at Shaw Cross since 2008 but feels that the end of this year is the right time for him to call it quits.
“I have been involved with the open age side for the past eight years as an assistant and obviously as head coach as well,” said Turner.
“I had a couple of years where I moved between being assistant and head coach, it all feels like one big blur really.
“I have been at it for a long time, I feel now is time for someone else to come in and have a go, having a new coach will benefit everyone.”
Turner guided the Sharks to promotion in 2014 and took the team to within two games of reaching the NCL Premier Division the following year.
The club has also endured some difficult times during Turner’s reign but he believes they have helped to make the positive moments better.
“There have been a lot of good times, promotion in 2014 was massive for us,” added Turner.
“Not long before that we had to be re-elected into the conference league after finishing bottom of division two.
“We got a few new players and had a few players come back from the pro game that had been juniors at the club and had a few really good years.
“The likes of Ryan Glynn, Shaun Squires, Derrell Olpherts, Andrew Fawkes and John Rourke are just some of the great players we have had during my time at the club.”
Turner wants to end his time in charge on a high as the club aim to avoid relegation and lift the Heavy Woollen Cup next Thursday.
He said: “I am here until the end of the season and I want to finish with a bang.
“To win the cup final and get the results we need in those last few league games will be fantastic.”
The Sharks coach has also thanked those who have been involved during his tenure and says that he will still be around to play some role next season.
He said: “We have seen a lot of players come and go and I am thankful to absolutely everyone who has been involved during my time at the club.
“I have to mention my girlfriend Louise, who has been really supportive of me.
“Coaching is a big commitment and that takes me away from my family a lot, so I’m going to enjoy spending more time with her and my daughter.
“I am not leaving the club, I will sell raffle tickets or coach one of the junior teams – I am willing to do anything.”
Updated 12:44 - 18 Aug 2017 by Ben McKenna