SKINNER CONSIDERING COACHING FUTURE
By Les Muir
SOUTHCITY’S inspirational leader Nick Skinner may join the exodus of coaches at the end of the season.
Heading into the final months of his third campaign as Southcity captain-coach, Skinner has revealed he is seriously considering his coaching future.
Despite weighing up his options, however, the star forward is adamant he will not be leaving the Bulls
“I’m unsure yet (about coaching),” Skinner said.
“I’ll definitely still be here, but whether it means I’m coaching, or pass it on to someone else, I don’t know yet.
“It’s been three years. We’ll see what happens.”
With Skinner’s bombshell coming only a week after Junee captain-coach Matt Hands announced he will not continue in the Diesels role in 2017, there is every indication the coaching landscape is in for an overhaul next year.
Already Albury have signed Adrian Purtell as coach for 2018 – replacing caretaker coach Josh Cale – and there is speculation other clubs may also be planning a change.
For Southcity at least, the air of uncertainty could be settled before the Group Nine finals.
“(I) Might know within the next few weeks,” Skinner said.
“I’m sort of working it out with the club at the moment.”
Taking over following the departure of Daniel Fitzhenry, Skinner stepped up as captain-coach in 2015 – and has been a runaway success.
In his debut season, Skinner got Southcity within reach of the premiership, only to lose 27-16 to Junee in the preliminary final.
Last year Skinner pulled off a grand final triumph with Southcity as the Bulls edged Gundagai 22-18 in the decider.
Again this season, Skinner has Southcity on target to get a crack at another title.
The Bulls are currently on top of the ladder and have leapfrogged Gundagai as nominal favourite for the grand final on September 9.
Significantly, Southcity is a club with a perfect replacement waiting in the wings if Skinner elects to stand aside.
Sources have confirmed Southcity’s champion halfback Kyle McCarthy is regarded as an ideal candidate to succeed Skinner.
Skinner and McCarthy are the two most influential players at Southcity.
The Bulls have the bye this weekend but will play Gundagai at Harris Park on Sunday week.