Cricket: Newcastle representative coach Shane Burley named NSW Country assistant

APPOINTMENT: NSW Country assistant coach Shane Burley batting for Stockton in 2007. Picture: Brock Perks Newcastle representative coach Shane Burley will be busier than normal at next month’s NSW Country Championships after being appointed Bush Blues assistant coach for 2018-19.

Burley will continue to guide reigning premiersNewcastle when they cross over to the southern pool in Shoalhaven from November 9 to 11, but there’ll also be an eye towards NSW Country selections for national titles.

The mentor hopes to catch some of the northern poolat Inverell from November 2 to 4 as well, before joining forces with Bush Blues head coach Jeff Cook to help select the final NSW Country side travelling to Victoria in the new year.

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“I’ve always been keen to do something at national titles, whether that be at junior or senior level,” Burley told the Newcastle Herald.

“I put in an expression of interest when the position became vacant and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The former Newcastle representative wicketkeeper, past first grade captain and current Belmont coach has been involved with the city’s senior group for six seasons, including five in charge.

This has featured three Newcastle wins from four NSW Country finals and three NSW Premier T20 Cup play-off appearances.

“Shane [Burley] is a terrific coach and has excellent player management skills,” Newcastle district chairman Paul Marjoribanks said.

“He creates an environment that players want to be part of and enjoy playing in.”

Newcastle open theirlatest NSW Premier T20 Cup campaign next weekend.

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