Comets' new coach named
By AARON KELLY
FORMER Balmain player Matt Parish will coach the Central Comets for 2006 and beyond.
After a month of deliberating over the many applications, the Comets announced yesterday Parish will replace departing coach Neale Crow for the next two seasons.
North Queensland Cowboys coach Graham Murray last night praised the appointment of Parish who is coaching The Entrance in the New South Wales Jim Beam Cup.
He said Parish had the "knack of getting the best out of his players''.
Parish, who played under Murray at Balmain from 198789, said he was ready for the challenge of steering the Comets up the Queensland Cup ladder and working closely with NRL feeder club the Cowboys.
"The Comets have got a great set-up and I'm looking forward to the opportunity that lies ahead,'' Parish said.
The 37-year-old's coaching record is exceptional, taking The Entrance to the past five Jim Beam Cup grand finals.
Comets chairman Rob Crow said Parish was the best person to help the club grow both on and off the field.
Parish, who will lead the Jim Beam Cup representative tour of New Zealand in October, arrives in Rockhampton next month for the Comets' round 21 clash against Ipswich.
Parish said the first preference was to build the team locally and then identify what players were required.