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Ipswich Jets co-coach Shane Walker steps down

Ipswich Jets co-coach Shane Walker will step down from his role at the completion of the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season.

After an 11-year association with the club, Walker made the difficult decision to further his coaching development elsewhere, with the goal of one day working in the NRL.

“Shane has made a significant contribution to our club and we will be forever grateful. I wish Shane and his brother Ben all the best in the next phase of their coaching journey," Jets CEO Richard Hughes said. 

Walker began his career at the Jets in 2009 as an assistant coach, taking over as co-coach with Ben in 2011.

The Jets would go on to make the finals that year, before winning the Intrust Super Cup and NRL State Championship in 2015.

"Shane is a terrific coach who I sincerely hope gets an opportunity in the NRL; he deserves it and will be a success," Jets chairman Steve Johnson said. 

“Shane and Ben have changed the way people think about the game, with many of their unique tactics now being embraced by NRL coaches.

"They’ve not only demonstrated a capacity to innovate, but the courage to back themselves, a rare combination in a code that rewards sameness.”

The Jets will shortly announce their plans on how they intend to take the club into this exciting new era.