The Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters are pleased to announce David Simpson has accepted the role of head coach for Intrust Super Cup seasons 2016 and 2017.

The current assistant coach is excited about the opportunity that lies ahead while maintaining focus on the 2015 season where the Cutters currently sit in sixth position on the Intrust Super Cup ladder.

“I’m very much looking forward to all aspects that this role entails, not only the coaching, but the developing of young men both on and off the paddock.  If I can develop them as good young men, rugby league will be the easy part,” Simpson said.

“My first goal however is to assist Kim in making sure this squad maintains its focus and direction and makes the best of the 2015 opportunity.  With the adversity they’ve faced this year – we want to make our opportunity this year the best it can be.”

Simpson was raised in northern Brisbane and was an Australian Schoolboys representative before playing in the Brisbane Broncos system from 1988 – 1992. 

He was also a member of the Redcliffe Dolphins coaching staff before moving to Mackay with his wife Megan to pursue an opportunity with local MDRL club Souths as head coach.  After a successful stint at Souths that included two A-Grade premierships Simpson took on the role of Assistant Coach with the Cutters in 2015.

Executive Officer Ross Aldridge praised the appointment.

“The appointment of David allows our club to showcase the fact that we are who we say we are.  We promote ourselves as a pathway club, which extends beyond the playing group to both coaching staff and administration alike,” Aldridge said.

“David has been a very successful Head Coach at a local Mackay level with Souths, he is the current Assistant Coach with the Cutters, and he now has an opportunity with an Intrust Super Cup club as head coach.”

The Cutters have a bye this weekend but return to action at Stadium Mackay on Saturday, July 18 when they host the Burleigh Bears in Round 19 of the Intrust Super Cup.