CESSNOCK Goannas hope to resolve any issues with incoming coach Terrence Seu Seu and confirm his position for 2014 by Friday after a ‘‘productive’’ meeting with the hooker on Sunday night.
The former Knights, Cronulla and Manly rake was to take on the coaching vacancy left by the departure of Todd Edwards while continuing as a player. However, the Samoan international was reportedly close to walking away from the coaching job before pre-season training had even started.
Goannas secretary David Cleaves said the club was working with Seu Seu and hoped to still have him as coach.
‘‘We had a meeting and we are negotiating at the moment and we’ll have it all sorted, at the latest, by Friday,’’ Cleaves said.
‘‘It was a very productive meeting. We had a few members of the committee there and Terrence and we had a good all-round yarn.
‘‘We’re trying to resolve this and I’m pretty sure it will be by Friday.’’
Cleaves said Seu Seu ‘‘still wants to play footy’’ but there were issues around coaching he and the club needed to address.
He said Seu Seu wanted to get everything out in the open before pre-season training started.
The Herald has been told the Cessnock committee was meeting last night, possibly to talk with a replacement coach.
A meeting with the players is also set down for Friday.
The Goannas were shock losers to Kurri Kurri 23-16 in the elimination final this season. It came after three grand final losses in the previous four years.
Edwards was in charge for all three grand final campaigns but has stepped aside to coach the Knights SG Ball (under-18) side next season alongside former Maitland premiership-winner Trevor Ott.
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