Matt Gainey, pictured tackling Ben Loxley, will be captain-coach next season for the Warwick Cowboys.
Matt Gainey, pictured tackling Ben Loxley, will be captain-coach next season for the Warwick Cowboys. Nev Madsen And Gerard Walsh

Gainey is set to lead the Cowboys

FIVE-eighth Matt Gainey has been appointed captain-coach of the Warwick Cowboys A-grade side for the 2015 season.

Gainey played his first TRL footy for the Cowboys in the under-17 grade and returned to the club more than a decade later to play in the team which made the preliminary final this season.

He coached his hometown club Inglewood in the Border Rugby League in 2011-2013 winning two premierships and making three grand finals. Gainey won one BRL player of the year award.

"The aim will be to play semi-final footy. It would be silly to talk about making the grand final now but that is always the aim," he said.

"I want the players to have fun and enjoy it, they are not playing NRL footy.

"They are playing rugby league for Warwick each week during the season because they enjoy footy."

Gainey said there were good kids coming through.

"Some of the under-18 side which made the grand final in 2013 were in reserve grade this season. I want to play as many local boys as I can in A grade."

Gainey said he would only be as good a coach as the people behind him.

"My assistant coaches Mark Sullivan and Jim Stevens are both experienced and will be massive for me," he said.

"If a coach is playing, he needs good people to help."

A-grade half Trent Achilles will coach the U18 team with Garry Ellery and Luke Brosnan his assistants. The club hopes to appoint a reserve-grade coach within a week.

Cowboys president Mary-anne Loudon said the four applicants for the A-grade position were asked the same six questions by the interviewing panel.

"The panel included an independent member not involved with the Cowboys," Loudon said.



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