Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Magpies Rebuilding Nest 'MORE TIME FOR My FAMILY'; Stanley Makes Tough Choice to Head Back to the Magpies

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Magpies Rebuilding Nest 'MORE TIME FOR My FAMILY'; Stanley Makes Tough Choice to Head Back to the Magpies

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MATTHEW ELKERTON

sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: After helping rebuild the South Grafton Rebels into a dominant force in Group 2 rugby league, Hughie Stanley is ready to take flight toward a new challenge.

The seasoned backline star has signed on for former club Lower Clarence Magpies, who he won a premiership with in 2009, as they begin to re-climb the NRRRL tree.

Stanley hopes to be a driving force behind the club's next generation as they break into senior football for the first time.

But while the challenge that awaits him excites the 27-year-old, there is one reason for the move that is much closer to his heart.

"The main reason for the move is just the change and a bit of a challenge," he said.

"But also my family as well. They have been missing out on a lot of time with travelling all the time up to Grafton. I was on the road more than the field."

Stanley will also get the opportunity to coach his five-year-old son Ochre in the Clarence Coast Magpies Under 7s team.

For the youngest Stanley family member, it is a chance to carry on a proud family legacy on the field.

"It's the little fella's first go at football. He was hounding us all last year to play, he wants to play football, so we will both play here at the Magpies," Stanley said. "It is a proud moment for me. So I am pretty stoked he wants to play football.

"It's also a family tradition. Cobie's (Stanley's wife) grandmother used to be club president here and her pop played a few years at the Magpies."

Stanley was only 17 when he played for the Magpies in 2009, and then joined the Sydney Roosters Under 20s the following season.

He returned to the South Grafton Rebels in 2015 to immediate success, as he and a band of Kempsey stars helped the club to its first major premiership in 40 years, even scoring the opening try of the decider. …

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