Gympie Devils coach re-signs for another year
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gympie Devils A-grade men's coach Michael Buckley helped resurrect the side from the brink of extinction and his news to stay for another season is welcomed.
Despite the difficulties of injuries and players moving away for work, Buckley had the Devils motivated and moving in the right direction.
"I was very keen to come back and keep doing what we have set out to do," he said.
"I was happy with the first year, we won half a dozen games. Things did not go our way with injuries and losing young blokes because of work but it was very pleasing.
"A lot of my boys could have walked away when we had players out but they finished the season off for the season. We played against Noosa at Noosa, we got flogged but the boys hung in there and put their hands up to play, we could have forfeited."
The former Sunshine Coast Falcons under-20s coach said there were a few highlights from his first season at the Devils.
"Getting all the sides on the paddock, that was a big win for the club," he said.
"It gave us something to build on for this year and if the same happens again, which I am pretty sure it will, we just need to change a little attitude towards training and I am sure we are going to be successful."