Lyon Set to Soar with the Seagulls

Updated: November 2, 2018
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Origin, Kangaroos and Premiership-winning NRL player Jamie Lyon will join the Ballina Seagulls in 2019 as Captain / Coach and Lyon, as well as the Ballina club, are thrilled at the opportunity.

Speaking to NBN news, the Wee Waa Panthers Junior says he is looking forward to joining the proud Northern Rivers club in 2019 and is ready for the challenge of being a Captain and Coach, something he has never done before.

“I obviously played a lot games in the NRL so got a bit of experience there so it’s going to be a bit different now, I’ll be coaching as well so it’s something that I’m really looking forward to and hopefully I can learn a lot along the way as well,” Lyon said.

“They’ll be a lot of rust and I’ll need to get some match fitness there but hopefully the hamstring will be right and get through a few games,”

“It’s always been a pretty strong comp I thought around the CRL, I think it’s one of the stronger areas and regions so I’m looking forward to getting involved with the local community and hopefully do my part.”

Seagulls President Al Perry said a few Rugby League clubs in the area were looking to sign the 36-year-old veteran but is thrilled Lyon has chosen Ballina as his new club.

“It’s awesome; he’s just going to be fantastic,” Perry said.

“For Jamie to come on board being an ex-Australian and NSW player, captain of Manly when they won the premiership, he’s also played in England at St Helens so we just thought he would be sensational to have as part of our club.

“He’s really excited, with the year off that he had he’s really keen to get back involved and he’s looking forward to the coaching role.”

Lyon’s experience will certainly benefit all the Ballina players but Perry believes his influence will be particularly beneficial to the Ballina juniors that are transitioning to First Grade.

“His on-field presence is going to be huge when he is out on the field leading the young blokes around,” Perry said.

“We’ve won the last three Under-18 Grand Finals three years in a row with Greg Barnes as our Under-18’s coach and with these kids that are coming up from our Under-18s into first grade, Jamie’s just going to be invaluable to them with his experience.”

The Ballina Seagulls are searching for a front rower for the 2019 season. The Seagulls can provide employment opportunities for anyone looking to move to the area. Anyone who is interested can contact club President Al Perry on 0428 488 918.