Former Moree Boars junior turned NRL player, Ronald Prince, will be returning to his home club next year after being announced as the 2017 A grade coach.
The Mungindi boy began his rugby league career as a junior with the Moree Boars.
He played his first A grade game with the Boars at the age of 17 before being drafted by the Sydney Roosters.
Prince then began his NRL career with the Cronulla Sharks in 2000 before moving to the Parramatta Eels in 2003.
He then went on to play reserve grade for the Wests Tigers and the Illawarra Dragons.
Prince has been living in Sydney for the past 20 years but said he’s excited to be coming back to Moree.
“It’s pretty good,” he said.
“I want to put something back into grassroots footy, particularly with the Boars where I started my career.
“I’m looking at doing a development with the juniors and I can bring my skills back to Moree, particularly for the young kids and local A grade.”
Prince said he’s been very fortunate to fulfill his childhood dream of playing for the NRL and he hopes to inspire other young players.
“I worked hard to get where I did,” he said.
“I’m hoping to bring my experience and drive to succeed, bring those assets back to Moree.”
Moree Boars president Todd Mitchell said the club is excited to welcome Prince back next year.
“We’re pretty excited to have him back here,” he said.
“It’ll be something fresh, something different. He is big on fitness so the club should be pretty fit.
“He’ll bring lots of enthusiasm. He’s very enthusiastic and looking forward to the job.
“He’s already on the scouting round and looking for players.”
I want to put something back into grassroots footy, particularly with the Boars where I started my career.
Moree Boars is set for a shake-up next year, with all new coaches on board.
Joining Prince will be Adam Annis-Brown and Shaun Wade as the under 18s coaches and Alf Newman who was appointed the coach of the ladies league tag team.
A reserve grade coach is yet to be selected.
“It’ll be a new, fresh start, it’s very exciting,” Mitchell said.
“We’re looking forward to a successful year on and off the paddock.”
Mitchell encourages all players from this year to put the boots back on next year ready for a good season.
Group 19 is shaping up to be a very competitive competition in 2017 after several sides are either returning to the game or Group.
Ten sides have nominated for the new season, and hopes are all of them will also be fielding junior and league tag teams as well.