MOVING ON: Gympie Cats coach Brent Forsyth will not be with the club in a coaching role in 2017.
MOVING ON: Gympie Cats coach Brent Forsyth will not be with the club in a coaching role in 2017. JAMES LOOSE

Cats on the hunt for new coach

AUSTRALIAN RULES: Gympie's 2015 premiership-winning Australian rules side is on the hunt for a coach to take them to new heights in 2017, after president Jason Bromilow put the call out to fill the void left by outgoing coach and player Brent Forsyth.

After winning the premiership in 2015, the Cats had mixed results this season, bowing out in the semi-finals.

Bromilow said the gap left by Forsyth would be hard to fill as the mercurial veteran looks to find a coaching position closer to home on the Sunshine Coast.

Coaching applications will close on Wednesday, with all coaching positions in the club up for grabs.

The vacancy comes as the Cats prepare for possibly their toughest season yet, with the Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast conferences merging.

The change means the Gympie side will play traditional rivals Maroochydore, Pomona and Nambour three times a season on top of facing off twice each against former cross-conference rivals Across The Waves, Bulldogs, Bombers and Bay Power.

It's a change that Bromilow said would have its challenges for both, the players and the coaching staff.

"It is a step up," he said.

"We need to recruit four or five good quality players.

"The players that we do have are more than capable but we need stability in the side.

"Appointing the right coach is the first step."

Resumes can be emailed to jandfbromilow@bigpond .com.

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