Stanley returns to Wellington as player-coach

WELLINGTON born and bred Seaun Stanley has returned to the Wellington Cowboys as player-coach for the Tooheys New Group 11 season.

He takes over from Brian Johnston.

According to club official Ray Fabar, Stanley will bring a new set of skills and toughen up the side in 2013. "Seaun coached Narromine in 2011 and they did pretty well, he knows the players and also can work with discipline and understanding our culture,'' Fabar said.

Stanley was captain-coach of Peak Hill who made the grand final of the Woodbridge Cup this year before being beaten by Eugowra.

Stanley is one of the most travelled players and coaches in the game. He has been with the Cowboys, as well as Dubbo Macquarie and Narromine. "His experience as a player and coach will help us. We are also looking at several players and we'll announce these in the new year,'' Fabar said. Wellington club president Trent McQuillan also regards the news of Darren Toomey's return to coach the reserve grade side as a confirmation of another promising year ahead.

"He did a great job with the reserve grade this year, the players love him and he is highly respected as a leader and warrior of sorts on the field,'' McQuillan said of Toomey.

Toomey took the side to the grand final when the Cowboys were beaten 8-0 by Dubbo Macquarie.

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