Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

DAN SWOOPS HOME; Former Lower Clarence Son Returns as Club Settles on Experienced Coaching Team

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

DAN SWOOPS HOME; Former Lower Clarence Son Returns as Club Settles on Experienced Coaching Team

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Byline: Matthew Elkerton dailyexaminer.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: There are few names more synonymous with the Lower Clarence Magpies club than Randall. Generation after generation of the Randall family have pulled on the black and white with nothing but pride.

And now Dan Randall, a former favourite son of the Magpies, is set to return to his childhood club to continue his family's legacy and foster the NRRRL hopeful's future.

Randall has signed on with the Magpies as their first grade player coach while former Magpies' greats Anthony Hickling and Joe Walker will take over as reserve grade and under-18s coaches respectively.

Less than a year after the Magpies were in dire straits staring down the barrel of folding the club, Randall saw an opportunity to revive their first grade ranks while also returning to his home.

The heavy-hitting centre still had two years left on his deal with Intrust Super Cup side Redcliffe Dolphins but when he spotted an advertisement online from his former team, it barely took a second thought.

"All it takes is a few blokes to put their hands up and get Lower back on field for 2017," Randall said.

"There is too much history and pride in this club for it to be sitting on the sidelines.

"The opportunity came up to sign on with Lower and I thought there is going be no better opportunity to get back home to my family."

It also created a chance for Randall to bring his own young family to the Valley so his three kids could grow up among their community.

The 28-year-old spent all his formative years around the Magpies as his father Michael played, and it is something he wants to see his own children get the opportunity to do.

"I sort of want to get Lower back to what it used to be when I was growing up," he said.

"I used to go down to every training with my dad and run around and play touch with all the other kids who were there. …

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