Cameron Hanrahan will return as United Warriors' Wide Bay League coach in 2018.
Cameron Hanrahan will return as United Warriors' Wide Bay League coach in 2018. Alistair Brightman

Hanrahan to return as United Warriors coach

THERE was no way Cameron Hanrahan could stay away from the sideline.

The SOAR Football Academy director chose to step aside from his role as United Warriors' Wide Bay League game midway through the 2017 preseason.

It was a decision based on family. He simply spent far too much time at football fields and needed to spend more time with his wife Lisa and children.

So imagine Lisa's surprise when, on speakerphone, the Chronicle asked Hanrahan about his return as the Warriors' 2018 coach.

"I want to thank my family for their support, even if they didn't know,” Hanrahan said with a laugh.

Hanrahan led the Warriors to a Wide Bay League grand final in 2016.

United coach Cameron Hanrahan during the Wide Bay League grand final in 2016.
United coach Cameron Hanrahan during the Wide Bay League grand final in 2016. Matthew McInerney

The side struggled this season as player departures, a younger squad and the change in coach disrupted United's preparation.

Hanrahan said he expected the Warriors to continue its recent era of change in 2018.

"It will be a year of change. We're lucky enough to have three guys called up to the Buccaneers senior squad,” Hanrahan said, adding other players would leave for other Buccaneers' teams and further study.

"We've done some light training but I'm looking forward to it.”

Hanrahan said the likes of Jarryd Hubbard and John Burgess-Lamond stepped up in 2017, and sought to build his squad around the young duo.



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