‘Roos focus on outside influences

Kangaroos are back to square one as they try to lock in a captain-coach for 2017.

Terry Cronin is the new Kangaroos president as the club continues its search for a new captain-coach.

Terry Cronin is the new Kangaroos president as the club continues its search for a new captain-coach.

The Wagga club was close to securing a big name signing from NSW Cup outfit Illawarra Cutters before the deal fell through last week.

New president Terry Cronin, who came into the role following last week’s AGM, said the club was still looking to fill the position vacated by Adam Hall with someone from outside Group Nine.

“He is going to stay with the Cutters so we are on the hunt,” Cronin said.

“We have the feelers out and see how we go.

“There is a couple of blokes half interested, but we will see how we go.

“There is no one from Wagga, we are looking at outside towns.”

As Kangaroos look to rebuild from a horror year, which saw them narrowly avoid the wooden spoon, Cronin believes they need a fresh face to help the team back up the ladder.

“We are trying to get in some new blood,” he said.

Hall and Jaden Kelly have moved on and young gun Max Burey is part of the Wests Tigers under 20s system, but Cronin couldn’t confirm any other player losses at this stage.

“I have no idea, I haven’t spoken to any players yet” he said.

“Most are waiting to see who the coach is.”

He is hopeful the right man can be secured by the end of the month following an initial hope to have a new fresh at the start of October.

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