St Marys Rugby League Club secure coaches Luke Swain and Brad Drew for 2018 season

The Saints' Sydney Shield coach Luke Swain and Ron Massey Cup coach Brad Drew. Picture: Supplied
The Saints' Sydney Shield coach Luke Swain and Ron Massey Cup coach Brad Drew. Picture: Supplied

St Marys Rugby League Club has moved to build on its success in 2016, securing its Sydney Shield and Ron Massey Cup coaches for next year.

The club announced on Thursday that Shield coach Luke Swain and Cup mentor Brad Drew had singed on for the 2018 season.

Both are former NRL players with a wealth of experience in the top grade, and have guided their charges through excellent seasons in 2017.

Drew’s Ron Massey Cup side wrapped up the minor premiership with a crushing 62-24 victory over Western Suburbs last week.

In the Sydney Shield, Swain’s men sit second on equal points with leaders Mounties, but could claim top spot if results go their way in the final round on Saturday.

St Marys host third-placed Wentworthville, while Mounties are also at home to fourth-placed Asquith.

The Saints need to win their match and hope Asquith can knock off Mounties to make it a clean sweep for St Marys this year.

St Marys football manager Adam Pryzbyla said the club’s success since moving from Penrith A Grade to NSWRL competitions could partly be put down to the work of both coaches.

“I’m extremely happy with the role that both Brad and Luke continue to uphold within the football club,” he said.

“The success of both teams is a huge credit to both coaches, the support staff and the entire playing group.”

  • St Marys Sydney Shield side kicks off at 2pm on Saturday, August 19, at St Marys Rugby League Stadium. The Ron Massey Cup match starts at 4pm.