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PROMOTION: Macquarie’s reserve-grade coach, Barrie Moore, will take charge of first grade next year. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers
WESTERN Suburbs president Wayne Hore wants to retain Rosellas coach Craig Miller next season.
Miller’s future has been one of the hottest talking points in the Real NRL in recent weeks.
The former Knights assistant has had approaches from Cessnock and Maitland, but after leading Wests to a grand final and premiership in the past two seasons, Hore wants to keep the man known as “Barney”.
“He’s the best coach in this town, and I’m pretty confident he’ll be with us next year,” Hore said.
“I’m speaking on behalf of myself and a few others, I haven’t been around to everyone, but I don’t think anyone would knock him.
“He’s done a very good job.”
There had been speculation Miller was leaving because Wests only ever kept the same coach for three years, but Hore said that was a “myth”.
Miller also wants to remain at the New Lambton heavyweights for a fourth campaign.
“I will coach next year. I’m not retiring,” Miller said.
“I’m enjoying myself, and my preference will be to stay with Wests, where I’m very happy.
“I’ve commenced talking to Wests, and hopefully I’ll have that finalised, but in the meantime some other opportunities are presenting themselves, but I’ve told everybody the same thing.”
Cessnock have a coaching vacancy after Todd Edwards announced he is leaving and Goannas five-eighth Riley Brown knocked back an offer to become captain-coach.
Macquarie quickly filled their coaching vacancy on Tuesday night by promoting reserve-grade mentor Barry Moore.
First-grade coach Noel Dent, who announced last week that he was stepping down at the end of the season, endorsed his successor.
“I’m very happy for him as he’s a very good and passionate coach,” Dent said. “He’s local, very popular among the players and has a lot of networks, which is a big thing.
“I think he’ll do an excellent job.”
After Dent won the 2010 grand final at Maitland he handed the reins to his understudy, Trevor Ott, who then coached the Pickers to a premiership in 2011.
With the Scorpions on track for their maiden minor premiership in the club’s 53-year history, Dent wants a similar transition to Moore.
“I think he’ll be great for the joint, because the way we’re pushing we don’t need a big redevelopment.”
Real NRL coaches for 2014
CENTRAL Paul Davis has one-year option and likely to exercise it.
CESSNOCK Todd Edwards leaving, five-eighth Riley Brown has turned down an offer to captain-coach.
KURRI KURRI Negotiations with captain-coach George Ndaira will begin in the next month.
LAKES Rip Taylor headed for NSW Cup side Wyong.
MACQUARIE Reserves coach Barry Moore replacing Noel Dent.
MAITLAND Captain-coach PJ Ellis could be forced to move due to work.
PORT STEPHENS Peter Walsh reluctant to keep coaching but Sharks hope to change his mind.
SOUTHS Adam Bettridge re-signed on Tuesday for a second year.
WESTS Club and coach Craig Miller keen for a fourth season together