Captain Coburn to part with Jets
A GUTTED Dan Coburn says his sterling 13-year career with the Ipswich Jets is stained after he was forced out of the club with an “insulting” contract offer.
Coburn, 34, will not return to the Jets next year.
He rejected a contract that he said was not near what he had been paid previously or what he needed to provide for his family.
The former Jets captain and 256-game club veteran said this month had been agonising as he came to grips with the fact he would never wear the green jersey again.
“I feel like I’ve lost a member of my family,” Coburn said.
“It’s like a part of me died.
“I’m really disappointed with how it all happened. What they offered me was insulting.
“I wanted to play on this year and I would have been happy to fight for my spot.
“I knew there were no guarantees for Q Cup.
“I was there for 13 years and that was my family. I miss training with the boys so much.
“They didn’t talk to me about it really, they just said this is the offer, take it or leave it, and I thought considering what I’ve put into the club, I deserved better treatment.”
Ipswich Jets chief executive Brad Wolens said he felt for Coburn, but with a tight budget and a forward-heavy squad, he had little money to spare.
“Coburn has been great for the club and I understand how frustrating it is to be towards the end of your career and find you aren’t worth as much as you used to be,” Wolens said.
“It was a bloody hard decision to make but the fact is we have a good forward pack for next year.
“But we did offer him what I thought was a good deal but he didn’t like it so I wish him all the best.
“He was offered more than other guys in next year’s pack were and the club has looked after him very well through the years.”
Coburn was plucked from Beaudesert in his early 20s to play for the Jets.
He holds the record for most games played for the club with 256.
He played his 250th game earlier this year against the Norths Devils when the Jets presented him with an oil painting to commemorate the achievement.
The club has also named an annual award in his honour, the “Dan Coburn Club Man of the Year” trophy.
But now Coburn will don the blue and white of Brothers in the Ipswich Rugby League competition from next season.
He will be the team’s captain and also have a small coaching role which could become larger in 2012.
“I wanted to finish on my own terms with the Jets and go out at the end of next season,” Coburn said.
“But I wasn’t given the chance to and now I have to move on.
“Brothers have given me a great opportunity and have really come through for me.
“I’m keen on becoming a football coach. I coach my kid’s games and enjoy that and hopefully I can add something to Brothers this year and see where it goes.”
Coburn begins training with Brothers in two weeks.
‘I feel like I’ve lost a member of my family. It’s like a part of me died’