Matt Marshall, Matt Grew and Josh Cruice before the grand final.
Matt Marshall, Matt Grew and Josh Cruice before the grand final. Bianca Hrovat

Cowboys A-grade coach ready to go for another season

RUGBY LEAGUE: Warwick Cowboys coach Matt Grew expects most of the A-grade grand final team to play again in 2020.

Cowboys president Dayne Barrett confirmed the club had appointed Grew for a second season as A-grade coach and would finalise other coaching positions in the next month.

Grew is keen to give the players a week or two off after the grand final before planning starts for the 2020 season.

As reported online and in Tuesday's Daily News, the Cowboys went down 24-16 to Valleys in the grand final on Sunday.

"I can't question the commitment of the players, they were very reliable all season,” he said.

"We had 12 fit blokes in a squad of 17 for the final 25 minutes of the grand final.

"Injuries caught us a little bit and we made too many mistakes.

"Mitch Watson played on one leg for the final 45 minutes of the game.”

Grew said there were some players in town who didn't play this season that he hoped would return next season including winger Dan Watson who has been out for the season with injury.

He expects halfback Paul Cantwell to miss next season as he currently booked in for a knee operation.

Despite the grand final loss, Grew said his team should be proud to finish as the second best in the competition.

Comparing to 2016 when Warwick also played in the grand final, the Cowboys have a much younger side this time and plenty of hope for the future.

The Warwick Cowboys Trophy Night is at the clubhouse at Father Ranger Oval on September 20.

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