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Revealed: Arrested ex-NRL and Super League star Brett Finch had junior coaching job lined up

Ex- Super League and NRL star Brett Finch was set to take a coaching role at a junior rugby league team before his arrest.

That’s according to the Daily Telegraph which has revealed that Finch had sent a video outlining his plans before he was arrested and charged for allegedly commenting on child abuse in an online chat room.

The 40-year-old had announced plans to coach Coogee Wombats junior rugby league side in 2022.

“G’day guys, Brett Finch here… really excited that I am going to be a part of the Coogee Wombats under 16’s coaching staff for season 2022,” Finch said in the video.

“I’m really looking forward to being a part of the continued success you have already had. I hope you are training nice and hard in the offseason.

“Any team I have been a part of, I have really enjoyed the selfless attitude, the team work ethic and a team first attitude. I’m looking forward to have that part of the team next year. It should be great fun.

“Thank you guys for having me.

“I know I am going to work as hard as I can to help you guys be the best players and the best team you can.

“I’m certainly looking forward to you guys helping me as much as I can improve as a coach as well.

“Really looking forward to 2022, go the mighty Wombats and I’ll see you at training soon.”

However, President of the Coogee Wombats Scott Bramham revealed that he had seen the video but that Finch currently had no official affiliation with the club.

“He hasn’t registered to be a coach at our club, and as far as I know he hasn’t done a level one coaching course at our club,” he said.

SEN radio, with whom Finch broadcasts on a weekly basis, released a statement saying that confirmed ongoing talks about Finch’s employment in 2022 were no longer taking place.

“Well, Brett Finch did some work with us this year on 1170 SEN and we had been in dialogue regarding 2022 until yesterday,” Afternoons host Julian King said.

“Like everyone we are shocked and extremely concerned by those reports and have ceased those discussions accordingly.

“We will allow the court process to take its course and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment while the legal system runs its course.”

Finch’s solicitor spoke out on the matter yesterday.

Solicitor Paul McGirr was keen to emphasise that it was not alleged Finch had shared any child abuse material.

“And there’s no evidence from the police to suggest otherwise,” McGirr said.

“We don’t know who’s making those alleged comments. At this stage, it is a defended matter – there is nothing more I can add. All we have at this stage are scant details.

“It would be foolish for anyone to comment or pass judgement on Brett or the matter.”

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