TAREE City has appointed Rob Mason as first grade captain-coach for the 2020 Group Three Rugby League season.
Mason, 26, a backrower, joined the club this year. This will be his initial first grade coaching appointment.
He'll have the job of rebuilding the Bulls after a difficult 2019 when the club finished last in first grade and reserve grade and failed to field an under 18.5 side. The Bulls started the year promisingly but were savaged by injuries by season's end.
"Rob's played first grade in Newcastle with Maitland and Lakes United and he was also part of the Newcastle Knights system when he was in the juniors,'' Taree City president Michael Clarke said.
"We're confident he'll turn things around.''
Shane Glass will again coach the reserve grade side with Barry Murray in charge of the women's league tag. The league tag were Taree's most successful side last season, making the minor semi-final.
Shawn Burnes returns to Taree's coaching ranks in charge of the under 18.5s next year. Mr Clarke said he is 'extremely condident' the Bulls will have an 18s.
"It was disappointing that we couldn't get a team last season and we're working hard to get the numbers for next year,'' he said.
Mr Clarke said re-signing players from the 2019 roster was the club's first priority.
He was returned unopposed at the club's recent annual meeting.
This will be his third term.
Katie Hogan had taken over as secretary with Tanya and Todd Bridge sharing the treasurer's role.
Jeff Hasil remains senior vice president with Brooke Murray the junior vice president. Sally Murray is the canteen supervisor.
Gary Bridge is the coaching cordinator with Kerry De Stefano, Lyn Schneider, Nigel Wallis and Tim Le-strange on the sponsorship committee.
Group Three's annual meeting will be held at the Wingham Services Club on Sunday.
No major changes are expected to the league's executive.