Thusday, 10 September, 2009

The Northern Territory Thunder is without a coach tonight after Michael McLean’s decision to quit after only one season in charge of the QAFL side.

Grey Morris of the NT News reports today that McLean met with Thunder chief executive Stuart Totham yesterday to tell him of his decision.

The surprise move could open the door for highly-rated former Zillmere Eagles coach Murray Davis, who has served as the NT AFL High Performance Manager this year, to slip into the coaching role.

In a media statement issued late this afternoon, McLean, the former Brisbane Bears and Footscray star said the job had taken too big a toll on his family, prompting him to stand down 12 months before the end of his contract. 

According to the NT News, it is also believed McLean's role as a mentor with the Clontarf Academy at Palmerston High School was also suffering because of the time he was spending away from the Territory.

A 183-game player with Footscray and Brisbane in his AFL days, McLean's elevation to the Thunder position was widely applauded throughout the NT when he was announced as the inaugural coach in November last year.

A premiership coach with Southern Districts in the Darwin-based NTFL competition, McLean also assisted Russell Jeffrey during Palmerston's glory years from the late 1990s


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