The Forster Tuncurry Hawks have announced that veteran player Tom Freeman will step into the role of first grade coach in 2020 after Adrian Davis was forced to step down from the position due to ongoing work commitments.
Davis will continue to play halfback for the Hawks' first grade team, where he has served as their key playmaker since joining the club midway through 2019.
A former under 18s and first grade premiership-winner, Freeman will also serve as an on-field player.
"Freeman is a handy replacement in the role of coach as well as an addition on-field after dusting off the boots and returning to the club last season, where he played a big role in helping the Hawks' reserve grade team into the grand final," a statement from the club said.
"Previous to this he coached the under 18s in 2016 and most recently was a coach of our 2019 women's tackle team."
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At this stage, no other changes to the Hawks' coaching staff have been announced, with Phil Adamson still confirmed as assistant first grade coach, Kyle Carmody returning as reserve grade coach, Lyn Eason coaching the ladies league tag team, and Luke Felsch steering the under 18.5s.
Chris Coulton will also step into the role of assistant coach with the reserve grade team.
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