Brothers appoint former Illawarra Steelers player Terry Westblade as new coach

WITH the dust barely settled on Ben Black’s abrupt departure, Brothers have quickly ended their search for a new coach.

In a remarkable move, the Wagga club has signed former Illawarra Steelers player Terry Westblade to replace Black, who was axed last week.

The recruitment of Westblade was hailed by Brothers president Craig Stewart on Wednesday.

“Terry’s got massive (coaching) credentials,” Stewart said.

“We’re lucky to get him.”

Westblade built a stellar coaching career in the Illawarra region, including 16 years at Corrimal and three years at Wollongong West and a stint as representative level .

The ex-Steelers lock recently moved to Wagga and came on board with Brothers this season.

“He (Westblade) approached me and said he would like to be involved in some way,” Stewart said.

“He’s been helping out with the stats and other duties.”

Significantly, Terry Westblade is the father of Tim Westblade who played for the Brethren three years ago.

Westblake’s coaching appointment was announced to the playing group at training on Tuesday night.

Stewart is naturally thrilled to have Westblade in charge.

“It’s great to have him,” Stewart said.

While Brothers regale their new coach, Ben Black remains in football limbo.

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