Tantrum stays for another year
It is almost a "yeah right" moment when Kelvin Tantrum says he will coach the Feilding Yellows for one more year.
It is hard to recall when Tantrum hasn't been coaching for one more year, from his time leading the Manawatu women to the first division and the Wairarapa-Bush Heartland Championship side.
But, for the record, he stresses he will coach Feilding for his "third and final year," even if he has heard College Old Boys' coach John Cruden express the same wish many times too.
For once, most of the Yellows players will be back and others have been calling him, which makes Tantrum happy to carry on.
"When I first started coaching Feilding two years ago, I got a pretty lukewarm response," he said.
"I'm really excited about a squad that's staying together instead of having to build a team every year."
Again helping Tantrum coach will be Sean Hawkins and Mike Graham with Crete Cribb in a player-coach role. Former senior stalwart John Cox has come back to coach the club's senior second team with recent senior players, Glen Hill and Scott Eastwood, assisting him.
The Yellows have had monthly training and a few front-row sessions with Greg Fleming and Sam Moore.
Lock Sean O'Connor has retired and former Turbo, Craig Clare, will be returning to play in Russia.
First-five Nathan George is in Spain but isn't contracted, and with home-growns Jade Te Rure and Otere Black on stream for the Turbos, is unlikely to be back.
Ben Wyness, Paora Rakatau and Matt Dally will cover that five-eighth area.
A Wanganui extended squad lock-loose forward, Nuku Nukuciri, is joining the club, while fellow Fijian midfield back Billy Raboiliku phoned Tantrum and asked to switch to the Yellows.
Manawatu flanker Heiden Bedwell-Curtis will return from Inglewood for the second club round and South African prop Stefan Schoeman is settled in Manawatu.
There has been interest from a couple of Massey Rams players and prop Ben Lynch-Phillips, a former Palmerston North Boys' High School player, is coming back from Waikato.
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