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Vodafone Warriors Confirm New Structure For Football Department

Auckland, New Zealand, September 25, 2009 - Vodafone Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah today confirmed a range of new appointments following a major revamp of the club's football structure. He said a thorough review of the recently-completed 2009 NRL season had identified the need to build an optimum and cohesive football operation as the Vodafone Warriors prepare for the 2010 season. "We looked at a number of clubs to see how they ran their football operations and it became clear to us that we needed to change our football structure to put us on the same footing," said Scurrah. "We are all committed to working harder than ever before to bring our club up to the level we expect and the changes we have made give us the ideal foundation to deliver the improvements needed to be consistently competitive." Scurrah said the review had led to the establishment of several new positions including: Recruitment and development manager Football operations manager High performance manager Medical services manager The club's foundation captain Dean Bell is moving out of his job as Vodafone Junior Warriors football manager to take on the position of recruitment and development manager while also filling another newly-created role of NRL team manager. Don Mann, previously the NRL team's football manager, has been appointed football operations manager, overseeing all performance, medical and welfare aspects of the NRL, NYC and development squads. The NRL side's strength and conditioning coach Craig Walker becomes the high performance manager, heading up the team of trainers involved with the NRL and NYC teams as well as the club's development squad. And the NRL team's physiotherapist Jude Spiers takes up the position of medical services manager covering all three squads. As part of today's announcements, Scurrah also confirmed John Ackland, assistant coach to Ivan Cleary for the last four seasons, is to take on the head coach's role with the Vodafone Junior Warriors in 2010 while Tony Iro, who has coached the NYC side for the last two years, will switch to the assistant coach's position with the NRL squad. Ackland will also continue to provide assistance to the NRL side. Scurrah said the new positions created were integral to the club's future success. "It's timely that we're investing more heavily in our football department," he said. "While vital roles have been created, especially in recruitment, it was equally important for us to streamline and integrate our football department. Since the NYC started we have run our two major football operations as separate entities but we have now been able to bring these together under one operational banner. "These changes give us clarity and provide us with the best possible chance of delivering optimum support and resources for the preparation of our NRL and NYC sides. "We're excited about the challenges ahead in 2010 and we know we're now in a better position to make the progress we demand of ourselves." Although the players won't start off-season training until early November, Scurrah said there was a need to make today's announcements so everyone involved could focus on their new roles. While these primary appointments have been made, Scurrah said other positions had been created and further appointments were likely in the near future.

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