THE Group Nine coaching landscape for next year is becoming increasingly clearer.
Eight weeks out from this season’s grand final on September 13, four clubs have already signed coaches for 2016, while another three coaches are seemingly locked in.
Significantly, Gundagai captain-coach Cameron Woo revealed he has the Tigers job again if he wants it.
“I've been offered to coach again but haven't signed for 2016,” Woo said.
“(I’m) Just having some time to weigh up a few things, then make a decision.”
Fast approaching the end of his second year in charge at Gundagai, Woo deservedly should have a walk-up start to a third term.
In his debut season in 2014, Woo got the Tigers to the preliminary final, only to be beaten 33-24 by Albury.
This year, Woo has the team on top of the table and favourite for their first title in 30 years.
Woo’s secure position is mirrored by fellow coaches Matt Hands ( Junee) and Ben Jeffery (Albury), while Nick Skinner (Southcity), Luke Berkrey (Cootamundra), Ben Black (Brothers) and Michael Henderson (Temora) are already re-signed for 2016.
A cloud, however, hangs over the future of Adam Hall (Kangaroos) and Luke Branighan (Young).
Hall said recently he is undecided whether he wants to coach the team again, and Branighan has revealed he is “off contract” next year.
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