Paul Turner extends contract at Dragons

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  1. RC

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    Coach Paul Turner extends contract at the Dragons
    Newport Gwent Dragons coach Paul Turner has signed a new two year contract extension with the region keeping him at Rodney Parade until May 2012.

    The former-Wales fly-half, whose current contract runs out at the end of the season, is in his fifth year in charge.

    The Dragons are Wales' top league side this season and do have slim hopes of a Heineken Cup quarter-final place.

    "I don't feel the job is done here," Turner told BBC Sport Wales.

    "I'm trying to assemble a hard-working squad.

    "We've had our ups and downs but we've got to get a bit more consistency into our game and I think there's a lot of hard work still to be done."

    Turner admitted he could have waited until next year to explore what other offers that may come forward.

    But he said he was keen to commit to his home region.

    "When the board sat me down and said what they'd like to offer me, I accepted," he said.

    "There could have been offers coming out but it would've all been in the new year and I wanted to put pen to paper so I could carry on with the job."

    Dragons chief executive Gethin Jenkins added: "Over the past five seasons we have seen the Dragons grow as an organisation, team and as individuals and Paul has played a key role in this regard.

    "We are pleased that he will continue to help us with our aims of continued growth and development and the emergence of local talent."

    Meanwhile, talks continue with candidates to replace departing forwards coach Leigh Jones, an expanded role for defence coach Colin Charvis a possibility.

    I think this is a great new deal for the Dragons.

    Clearly the work he's been putting in is paying off and the Dragons are consistently putting in better performances and the near losses are now turning into near wins. They just need a bit more financial back and they'd be even more of a threat.
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  3. cyRil

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    Yeah great news for the Dragons. He's by far the best Welsh coach around atm.
  4. He seems to be doing a fantastic job on meagre resources. The Dragons have pulled off a coup by keeping him.
  5. I agree that he's the best coach in Wales certainly, arguably Britian or Europe as well. Great for the Dragons.
  6. Would dispute been best in Britain or Europe Dunc but cant deny he has done a great job for Dragons and they are still building a squad.
  7. If he had the squad of, say, Munster or Toulose, he'd be known as the best coach in the world. Somebody give him a few thousand bob, and he could build a world-beating team.
  8. feicarsinn

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    Ahh good old speculation. You could argue that the only reason he hasn't deen his team finish bottom of the league is due to the utter ineptitude of Michael Bradley and the IRFU regarding Connacht.

    Come back when he has won something.
  9. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (DuncTheDoodle @ Dec 30 2009, 01:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    If my auntie had a penis she'd be my uncle.......

    He's an excellent coach as I've said earlier but he either needs to get increased resources at the Dragons or move to a top club before he can be considered the best coach in the world. Off the top of my head, I'd take Guy Noves, Vern Cotter, Declan Kidney, Robbie Deans, Michael Cheika, Tony McGahan, Pat Howard, Heyneke Meyer, Jim Mallinder, Marcelo Loffreda, Andy Robinson, Graham Henry and a host of Super 14 coaches ahead of him.
  10. cyRil

    cyRil Guest

    And Lyn Jones...
  11. What bout Eddie O'Sullivan :p
  12. RC

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (feicarsinn @ Dec 30 2009, 02:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
    f***ing hell, son, that's a bit harsh?!
  13. feicarsinn

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    Is it though? Claiming he's the best coach in Europe for not doing a bad job with Dragons is a bit rich. I don't think anyone who hasn't won a major title (domestic league, heineken cup, 6 nations) can be considered for that title.
  14. RC

    RC Guest

    Fair enough, i took your post out of context.
    No, not one of the best coaches in Europe.
    But certainly in the ML in my opinion.
  15. RC

    RC Guest

    Fair enough, i took your post out of context.
    No, not one of the best coaches in Europe.
    But certainly in the ML in my opinion.
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