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Cowboys appoint hard man Ryan

Wayne Heming 03/11/2010 06:20:17 PM Comments (0)

Former Brisbane hard man Peter Ryan has been appointed North Queensland's assistant coach, finalising the Cowboys' restructure for 2011.

The only player to have won national premierships in rugby league (Broncos) and rugby union (Brumbies Super 12), Ryan will be Neil Henry's assistant following several changes to the club's coaching and administrative roster.

Ryan played 155 NRL games for Brisbane and was the club's specialist defensive coach until a few years ago.

He was also employed as a defensive consultant by the Queensland Reds holding both positions with Brisbane as well.

After one of their most disappointing NRL seasons, the Cowboys initiated big changes to their football department.

They recently invited rugby league commentator Phil Gould to Townsville to review their operation and act as a consultant.

Cowboys general manager Peter Parr hailed Ryan's appointment as the perfect fit for the team and their new focus.

"Peter Ryan's exemplary playing record speaks for itself, he was known as a fearsome defender," said Parr.

"He brings with him a reputation of being a tough, disciplined player.

"Peter's assistance in improving our defensive game for 2011 will be invaluable and we're delighted he's come on board to complete our new-look football department."

Ryan will take up his position next Monday when the club officially begins pre-season training.

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