Seagulls new coach - Dave Yarrow.
Seagulls new coach - Dave Yarrow. Alistair Brightman

Yarrow takes over as Seagulls coach

THE Hervey Bay Seagulls have wasted no time in appointing a new A-grade coach, announcing Dave Yarrow will take over for the remainder of the 2014 Bundaberg Rugby League season.

Yarrow accepted the role after Wayne Bellamy sensationally quit last week just two rounds into his tenure due to an "unworkable" relationship with some senior players.

It's been 13 years since Yarrow last coached but he said his decision to return to senior coaching wasn't a difficult one.

"The game hasn't changed that much," he told the Chronicle yesterday.

"The biggest thing I believe with coaching is the whole mental approach to the game.

"If you coached 20 years ago or 30 years ago, and you're coaching today, you're still dealing with personalities. That to me is the biggest thing.

"Having them moulded together as a team and wanting to play not only for themselves and the club, but for one another."

A passionate rugby league man who is known for his laid-back nature, Yarrow, who was caretaker coach for the Seagulls' win over the Wallaroos on Saturday, was appointed to the position of coach during a committee meeting between Seagulls officials on Tuesday night.

Having played his juniors with the Seagulls and coached Hervey Bay to four reserve-grade premierships, Yarrow said it was an honour and an exciting new challenge he was ready to tackle.

His only experience as a first-grade coach was in 1993 and 1994 when he led the Fraser Raiders to the semi-finals, however, for the past four seasons he has managed the Seagulls A-grade side, including last year when his son Mitch was co-coach and player.

One of the more familiar faces at the club, having worked with many of the players in the past, Yarrow's appointment ensures a smooth transition.

Yet he spoke about the importance of earning as well as maintaining the respect of the playing group.

"No matter what position, whether it is work or coaching, when you're at the top you need respect. But it's a two-way street," he said.

"Any job is a little difficult if you don't have respect.

"It is an ongoing thing and you have to continue to earn respect both ways."

Yarrow inherits a team brimming with young talent, experienced heads and match-winners, but he said it was too early to say they were genuine premiership contenders.

"My only goal with them is to maintain their attitude, commitment and harmony within the team. That's your three basics," he said.

"As long as you do the training, the skills and keep a happy team, generally you get a good performance."



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