Caretaker coach Greg Seton-Lonsdale has been urged to apply for the vacant 2012 Redland Bombers senior coaching position.
Redland Chairman Colin Tobiasen today confirmed the club would undertake an exhaustive search to fill the role that began this year with Matthew Francis and ended with Seton-Lonsdale.
Tobiasen said that as part of their investigative process the Bombers would “advertise extensively” for a coach “for 2012 and beyond”.
He said this move was considered an integral requirement in the due diligence process to ensure that no stone be left unturned in the selection process.
That was despite the fact that Seton-Lonsdale had “performed admirably” in his 12-week tenure are stepping into the job following Francis’ split with the club.
“The Club certainly looks forward to Greg Seton-Lonsdale being one of those interested parties prior to applications closing on Friday 23rd September 2011,” Tobiasen said.
The Bombers had a 5-6 win/loss record under Seton-Lonsdale from Round 8 after they started 2-4 under Francis and beat Southport under one-week fill-in coach Travis Johnstone in Round 8.
Seton-Lonsdale took on the coaching role on the basis that it was for the 2011 season only, giving each party a ‘try before you buy” opportunity before contemplating 2012 and beyond.
He started his rule at Victoria Point with a magnificent win over Mt Gravatt at Dittmer Park, but followed with consecutive losses to the NT Thunder, Aspley and Gold Coast.
They posted consecutive wins over Broadbeach, Aspley, Labrador and Canberra-based Tuggeranong to climb from seventh to fourth on the NEAFL Northern Conference ladder, but a hat-trick of losses to Mt Gravatt, Morningside and Southport saw them finish the season in eighth spot.
Applicants for the Redland coaching job should email their CVs to Club Development Manager Craig Millar – email@example.com – or send it to PO Box Victoria Point West Queensland 4165.