Sport NRL 2020: Dean Young signs with North Queensland Cowboys as assistant coach on three-year deal

16:35  25 september  2020
16:35  25 september  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The North Queensland Cowboys have confirmed that interim Dragons coach Dean Young will join as an assistant coach for 2021.

Young has served as interim coach at the joint-venture club after the departure of Paul McGregor.

He was set to take over as permanent coach, however, the Dragons decided to opt for former Panthers and Broncos boss Anthony Griffin.

After missing out on the position, Young shocked officials after revealing that he would leave the club where he played 209 games.

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With the 36-year-old looking to further his development in a different system, the Cowboys have confirmed that he will head up north to serve as an assistant coach on a three-year deal.

“Along with our incoming Head Coach Todd Payten, Dean’s appointment gives the club a fresh start and some clean air,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said in a statement.

“Dean had a long and successful career as a player, he won a premiership and played both Origin and International football and in our discussions with him he’s been impressive in the clarity he’s spoken with as well as what he believes he can bring to the Cowboys.

“Just as importantly, Todd is a believer in Dean’s coaching ability and we’re extremely excited to have two of the best young coaches in the game at our club.”

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His appointment is a welcome addition for incoming coach Todd Payten, who is set to take over as head coach in 2021 after guiding the Warriors on an inspirational late-season run.

With the Cowboys finishing in the bottom four for the third consecutive season, Young and Payten will have a difficult job on their hands according to Phil Gould.

“My thought is no (they won't improve). Mind you, there are some teams around them that could falter. I think the placings in the bottom eight might change, but as to how many of these are capable of forcing their way into the top eight remains to be seen," he said on Six Tackles With Gus.

"I’m not so sure, as much as Todd Payten is a coach on the rise, that he is going to be given the opportunity to improve a lot in life for this Cowboys roster.

"I can’t possibly see where they are going to improve it to an extent where they are going to be a top eight contender next year.

"It’s a real concern. I’m struggling to see how they improve too much next season."

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