Rugby league journeyman coach Dennis Moore has signed on to coach Maroochydore Swans for 2020.
Rugby league journeyman coach Dennis Moore has signed on to coach Maroochydore Swans for 2020.

’It sticks with you’: Why Dennis is back for Moore

RUGBY LEAGUE: Few can match the coaching credentials of journeyman Dennis Moore.

From bush footy heartland circles of Kingaroy, Emerald and Gladstone, to the city slicking Manly and Parramatta folds, and even a stint abroad, he's been here, there, and everywhere.

His next assignment? The Maroochydore Swans rebuild.

The former Manly Sea Eagles assistant coach, and Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles mentor will officially start his second tenure at the club next week.

Back in 1998, Moore guided the Swans to a title against a Tim Dwyer-coached Caloundra in the grand final, and said he was "keen as mustard".

He cited a combination of itchy feet, family reasons and a general "love of the place" behind the move.

"My son and grandchild lives in Aura, so we moved down to Caloundra West to be closer to them," he said.

"Swans said they were looking for a coach, and the next thing I know I'm here."

In 2019, Maroochydore slumped from titleholders to finish second last, in a season where they won just three games.

While some say the table never lies, this is a side who lost a host of experience to retirement and higher honours, and battled a stack of injuries.

Nevertheless, Moore knows it's no easy task.

"I am so excited to get back to the Swan swamp," Moore said.

"There's a lot of young guys who basically need nurturing and mentoring.

"Last year was a transition, and that's gone, I just want to rip in."

Moore will first lay his eyes on his new roster next week but did not rule out making any additions.

"I've always believed in looking after the ones you have first," he said.

"But there is a lot of talent at the club, we have the foundations for a really good year."

Moore said his first stint with the Swans was stacked with fond memories, particularly that grand final.

"It was one of the hardest games, it was a draw after extra time, so we needed a replay which we won by two points," he laughed.

"Once you've been with the Swans it sticks with you, there's so many great blokes involved here, it would have been pretty hard to coach against them."


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