Scott Thorburn (left) will coach Magpies A-Grade in 2021, while Michael Comerford (right) will be at the helm of Brothers A-Grade next season. Picture: File
Scott Thorburn (left) will coach Magpies A-Grade in 2021, while Michael Comerford (right) will be at the helm of Brothers A-Grade next season. Picture: File

New Magpies boss: ‘We can be a top three side’

AS SYNONYMOUS as Bonnie and Clyde, Sonny and Cher or Thurston and Smith, Scott Thorburn's return to Magpies as senior coach is a match made for footy fate.

More than a decade removed from his final coaching stint in the black and white, Thorburn has been installed as Steve Jackson's capable replacement to lead the proud club into 2021 and beyond.

His is a fitting appointment not just for his playing past, but also his family ties.

"My wife was previously a Sologinkin. Being Sologinkin Oval, I didn't have much of a choice," Thorburn joked of his affiliation with Magpies.

"Her grandfather and his brothers pretty much built the footy club down there."

Thorburn will be tasked with making Sologinkin Oval a fortress once again, after a 2020 campaign which produced middling results but helped graft a strong playing base for the future.

"I think we can be a top three side," Thorburn declared.

"We've got a long way to go before we can be really competitive with those top couple (of teams), but I was really happy that the club gave our juniors a go this year. That puts us in a good position for next year.

"There's three or four good 19 year olds who had a taste this year. And the guys that played this year will be back.

"While it might appear we didn't go too well on the field, it was good we gave the opportunity to some of those blokes who otherwise wouldn't have gotten that opportunity."

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Thorburn has stepped down as the Cutters' director of football to take on the role at Magpies.

He said after a handful of years working in the background, he wanted to get "hands-on" once again.

"I miss that team interaction and whatnot. I'm looking forward to getting back on the paddock and getting my hands dirty," Thorburn said.

"I'm still on the board at the Cutters. I've just stepped down from the football operations side of things."

Thorburn and Magpies president Damian Smith have worked silently in the background to lock up the core group of players from last season, while also putting feelers out to bolster the squad.

The new coach said outside backs and middle forwards would be high on the club's shopping list over the off-season.

"It filters down from the NRL into the state leagues and then to our level. You have to wait until those guys sort themselves out first," Thorburn said.

An early win for the new coach has been the key off-field signing of strength and conditioning coach Alex Kertesz.

The former Wests Tigers and NSW Warratahs fitness guru joins the Magpies via the Cutters.

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