THE Burleigh Bears have re-signed Jim Lenihan as head coach for another two seasons.
Lenihan, who took the reins mid-season, said he is proud and excited to be staying on as coach and that the future of the club is bright.
“I’m very proud to be associated with a great club like Burleigh and to be coach for the next couple of years is great. I’m really happy,” he said.
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“It is very exciting times for the club. We’ve got a good bunch of people at Burleigh and we’ve just got to keep working hard to make sure we play with an effort that is rewarding to the local area and if we do that we’ve got a lot to be hopeful about.”
This is Lenihan’s second stint in charge of the Bears after coaching the side in 2006-09.
During his time away from the club he led the Bilambil Jets to the 2011 Bycroft Cup premiership and honed his craft.
“I probably got appointed to the QLD Cup coaching position when I was it a bit young (32). I was very close to the old playing group being a player myself so it’s probably a different dynamic at the moment,” Lenihan said.
“Being separated from it for a couple of years and then coming back you appreciate what a great club it is.
“You’re always learning as a coach but I’ve certainly picked up a few things from experience and moving forward we’ll hopefully make more right decisions than wrong ones.”
The biggest goal for Lenihan’s Bears moving forward is to play semi-finals football next year.
It has been a long time since the Bears were alive in September and Lenihan said the foundation for future success has been laid this year.
“Getting that elusive finals spot is certainly what we’re after,” he said.
“We’ve proved this year before we had all our injuries that we’ve got the right players to do it, we’ve just got to keep them on the field and keep working hard.
While the Bears may not feature in this year’s finals they will have 3 players from this year’s squad who have gained NRL contracts ( Luke Page-Canberra, Khan Ahwang-Titans and Kyle McConnell- Cowboys) and another couple of players who are not far off signing with NRL Clubs.