Former Western Spirit coach Nev O’Sullivanis returning to the Bulls next season.
Former Western Spirit coach Nev O’Sullivanis returning to the Bulls next season. File

Dynamic duo leads charge

ONE of the region's most experienced football coaches is joining forces with one of the area's most talented prospects to help rejuvenate the Ipswich City Bulls next season.

Proud Ipswich footballers Nev O'Sullivan and Danny Wilson have agreed to co-coach the Bulls in next year's Football Brisbane Division 2 competition.

After the Bulls were relegated from Division 1 last month, there was uncertainty over who would guide the club in what is shaping as a challenging 2012 season.

However, yesterday's confirmation of the O'Sullivan-Wilson partnership is sure to create much-needed stability as the Bulls kickstart their rebuilding process.

O'Sullivan, 48, was happy to work with 27-year-old Wilson, having known him for years.

The pair formed an earlier link during this year's Ipswich representative match against the Brisbane Roar.

"It's looking good," former St Helen's player O'Sullivan said of the new structure.

"We going to try and set up a plan, a system that's good for the club.

"At the end of the day, all I want to do is put back into Ipswich what I got out of it.

"I've got a lot of good friends . . . and a good rapport with most of the players.

"I'm really looking forward to working with Danny. He's one of the most up and coming coaches we've got around at the moment."

Wilson shares O'Sullivan's vision to revitalise the Bulls.

"Nev and I both want to assemble a good side that wants to play some good attacking style football," Raceview-based Wilson said.

"That's the whole plan - get there and start afresh.

"We're pretty happy with the way the club wants us to run the thing.

"I've known Nev for a long time. We have similar goals what we want to achieve."

After three seasons at Western Spirit, O'Sullivan is returning to the Bulls having coached the Division 2 and Division 1 sides from 2004-2006.

Wilson last season assisted Trent Abel, who is taking some time off after five seasons in charge of City's top side.

Wilson enjoyed premiership and grand final success with the Ipswich Knights under-21 team three years ago.

The 2012 co-coaches submitted a joint application, based on a similar arrangement between O'Sullivan and stalwart Troy Wickstein that worked well at Western Spirit two seasons ago.

Among their priorities will be junior development, improving facilities and the rejuvenation of club spirit.

"We'll share the load, share the responsibility and share the joy as well," Churchill-based O'Sullivan said.

"We've got a good vision."

In another major development, the club is negotiating a move from Brassall to the new Tivoli sports facility for the 2012 season.

The Bulls have yet to appoint a Reserve grade coach for next year.



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