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Ingebrigtsen determined to make Valleys 'better than ever before'

They say good things come in pairs and this is exactly what the Valleys Diehards have installed as they unleash not one, but two seasoned coaches to try and rattle some cages in the In Safe Hands Cup next season.

After a heartbreaking finish in this year's competition, the Diehards are hungry to redeem themselves having fallen just short in the finals.

The Diehards are excited to have secured the services of up-and-coming coach Tye Ingebrigtsen, who will join forces with current coach Nathan Hughes, as they prepare to go on an all-out assault both in recruitment and on the playing field.

Ingebrigtsen’s record as coach is quite remarkable.

The son of former Sunshine Coast Falcons and West Brisbane Panthers coach Craig, Ingebrigtsen Jnr mirrors all the traits of his extraordinarily successful father.

Having cut his teeth in the powerful North Queensland competition, Ingebrigtsen - in the past six years - has two premierships and three minor premierships to his name in both Mackay and Bundaberg A Grade competitions, respectively.

On top of this, the enthusiastic coach has been part of the North Queensland Cowboys academy side and the Northern Pride Under 18 squad where he was also an assistant coach.

"Ï feel like I have really matured as a coach and glad I took up those opportunities up north to test myself early on," Ingebrigtsen said.

"I know I have a lot to offer having been around various Intrust Super Cup and NRL set ups and hopefully I can pass this knowledge on to the younger generation at Valleys as we forge ahead for next season.”

Ingebrigtsen and co-coach Hughes have wasted no time in their recruitment drive, securing the services of highly-rated forward Harley Aiono, the talented Marlon Doak and Esera Esera.

“Our recruitment drive has only just begun; we’ve got a list of players drawn up that we are going after to try and deliver more silverware to the Diehards," Ingebrigtsen said.

Having also coached in Hervey Bay and a household name in the old Brisbane Second Division competition, there is no denying Ingebrigtsen’s desire and willingness for success. 

“I’m not here to make up the numbers by any means," the new Valleys coach said.

"Our focus is making the Diehards bigger and better than ever before, and with the tireless committee, coaching staff and volunteers we have at the club, I only see bigger things on the horizon.”

The well-known coach also helps with brother Kim in running junior skills courses for young aspiring players through their Velocity All Stars program.

“VAS is an important piece in my coaching jigsaw puzzle with my brother Kim and dad," Ingebrigtsen said.

"I help run these courses with them both and always believe that coaching at the junior level can make a difference to so many kids out there.”

Having also coached the Northern Pride Auswide Bank Mal Meninga squad, there lies a coach that works from the ground up.

“My focus now is preparing Valleys for the 2021 season with Nathan," Ingebrigtsen said.

"We feel we have a lot to offer as both former players here in Brisbane and with the coaching credentials we both have.

"Passion, desire, and hard work are all the ingredients needed to take the Diehards into the future."