Queensland Intrust Super Cup side to announce their first overseas mentor
THE South Pacific Brewery-backed Hunters are set to announce outgoing coach Michael Marum’s successor today ahead of pre-season training for the Queensland Intrust Super Cup side next week.
The National understands that the incoming coach is an Australian, who has had a hand in talent identification for Melbourne Storm feeder clubs Easts Tigers and the Sunshine Coast Falcons since 2015.
Several attempts to contact PNGRFL for comment were unsuccessful.
However, it is understood that the new coach beat 13 other applicants – including three nationals – to the role, which former Rabaul Gurias coach Michael Marum has held since the Hunters’ debut season in 2014.
He is in Port Moresby and has already toured the Hunters facilities, including the 15,000-seat Oil Search National Football Stadium (NFS) in Boroko.
It is understood that the new coach will name his initial squad by the end of the week, with those involved in the Kumuls’ 28-10 win over Great Britain last weekend expected to return in the New Year.
The Hunters play the Central Queensland Capras in a pre-season NFS clash on Feb 22 before travelling to Cairns to face the Northern Pride a week after in another trial.
Feb 22 will see a double-header with the Cronulla Sharks and Canterbury Bulldogs playing the other match in a National Rugby League trial which is expected to attract a good crowd at the NFS.