Terrigal Avoca Signs Skuse as Coach

Terrigal Avoca have appointed Mark Skuse as senior coach replacing Chris Bishop who stood down last week.

Skuse joins the club from AFL Sydney club East Coast Eagles where he played 22 NEAFL games and 64 Premier Division games for the AFL Sydney powerhouse over a 7 year period. He also played 9 games for AFL Queensland club Aspley in 2010.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time with East Coast Eagles however now that I am living at Umina the opportunity to coach on the coast was too good to pass up. I had been doing a bit of coaching in Sydney with the younger players both on and off the field last year and that whet my appetite for coaching" Skuse said.

It will be a playing coach role for the 31 year old midfielder and he doesn't expect to be changing too much of the game plan that Chris Bishop implemented to make the Panthers a juggernaught.

"We will have the same core playing group as last year so I don't expect to need to make too may changes apart from putting my stamp on a few things" Skuse added.

Skuse will be the second former East Coast Eagles player to be coaching in the Black Diamond AFL with Killarney Vale's Scott Reed also a former Eagles player.

Terrigal Avoca will welcome back premiership players Jayson Van Dam and Alastair Richardson, however will be missing Mitch Betson (Coburg), Sam Boughton (Overseas) and Angus Darling (retired).

On a more positive note, three times Elliott Davey Medallist, James Webster  underwent knee surgery is expected to be back on the field by the end of April which will be a similar return date for Brendan Harper who missed almost all of last year with a knee injury.