Tanner takes reins from Beatson

NATHAN Tanner will take over as Western Suburbs first grade coach this season, after long-time coach Shane Beatson opted not to apply for the gig.

“I’ve been involved in the coaching side of things for 35 years; I think it was time to have a blow,” Beatson said.

This year was the only season Beatson was in charge of Wests’ top side, but he served at Easts in a part-time role in 2008.

“I kept getting caught up in some way or another when trying to get away from it, so it’s good to be able to get away and my wife is definitely happy,” he said.

Tanner will bring gun trio Josh, Corey and Jarrod Tanner to the club from Easts, while Matt Tanner is yet to sign.

The new coach has a background at the club, having played and won a premiership for Wests in the past.

He coached the Hervey Bay Seagulls from 2006 to 2008.

“Nathan is big on fitness. He has the respect of the players and he’ll bring a good structure that will hopefully hold us in good stead,” recently elected Wests president Shane Martin said.

“Bringing the Tanner boys with him means we will have a bit of flair and it will really add to our team.”

Martin indicated they were searching for “two or three” more recruits, but expressed the club’s desire to promote their strong juniors.

Meanwhile, the coaching role at Easts will be decided in the near future, with coach John Moore unable to confirm if he would be back in the chair for the new season.

Mark Craswell remains in charge of Across The Waves, while the Tracy Kuskey-Andrew Hamilton pairing at Brothers is also intact.

Isis Devils coach David Jones is eager for another crack, after coming so close in 2009.

“Losing the semi to Wallaroos by three was hard to take,” he said.

“But we are looking good and will start finalising our side after Christmas.”

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