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Tweed Heads Seagulls announced today that they have secured the services of former NRL and UK Super League head coach Shaun Bomber McRae to replace outgoing CEO Terry Keen who will retire from the role at seasons end.

Seagulls chairman Ian Paton said that the acquisition of McRae is a major coup for the club.

To have someone of Shauns profile and experience in the game join our club is an exciting prospect to say the least, he said.

Todays announcement caps off a really positive last 12 months for the club with the return of coach Aaron Zimmerle, the re-introduction of teams into the Bycroft Cup and the opening of the new Community Clubhouse at Piggabeen on the weekend.

Its a great opportunity for Shaun to take advantage of this momentum and guide the club into an exciting new era.

McRae, who flew over from the UK earlier this week specially to be interviewed for the role, is equally excited by the opportunity.

My wife and I are delighted to be returning to Australia. We love the Tweed/Gold Coast area and I am thrilled to be joining a club with such a long and proud history as Tweed Heads Seagulls, he said.

All the ingredients are there for success and I look forward to working with the board, staff, players, sponsors and all other stakeholders in driving the club forward.

After a long and successful coaching career, McRae moved into administration and is currently employed as Director of Football for Hull FC who will play in the Challenge Cup final in just under a fortnights time.

He will return to Australia to commence the new role in early October once he has completed his current commitments in the UK.