Jason Ferris during his Manly days. Picture: Brett Costello
Jason Ferris during his Manly days. Picture: Brett Costello

‘He’s had a lot of success’: Ex-NRL star signs with Oakey Bears

Jason Ferris, a veteran of 123 first grade games from 1996-2003, has been signed by the Bears as A-grade coach for 2021.

With stints at Canberra, North Queensland, Cronulla, Northern Eagles and Manly under his belt, Ferris has since gone on to a successful coaching career across country New South Wales, and he hopes to bring that premiership pedigree to Oakey.

“Over the last 16 years I’ve played or coached in 14 grand finals,” Ferris said.

“It’s a record I’m proud of, but it doesn’t mean too much coming up here.

“I’m looking forward to getting up to Oakey. I’m under no illusions of the challenge. I’m not going to come out and say we’re going to win the comp.

“But I expect us to be competitive every week, getter better as individuals and subsequently get better as a team.”

Currently based in Sydney, border restrictions are preventing Ferris from making the move north just yet, but another Oakey signing will be making the trip up as well.

Ferris’ son Nick will join the Bears as a half in 2021, as he looks to further his playing ambitions in the TRL.

Nick captained the Cromer Kingfishers to a grand final victory in the 2019 NSWRL combined competition grand final alongside his father, before adding another premiership in this year’s league.

“He was 21 at the time and that was the best day of my life. It was definitely highlight of my rugby league career,” he said.

“He wants to test himself in another competition, has been training hard and is looking forward to it.”

Oakey president Brendan Dolan said the club was delighted to welcome both Ferris’ on board for the new season.

“Jason has had a lot of success coaching with country sides, and he strikes me as a bloke who really gets along with his players,” Dolan said.

“He’ll bring some good stability and hopefully having someone of his profile will help to attract a few players. We see him as a long-term option.”

“It’s a big thing for our club, particularly to have him living and working locally. It’s been a long process, but this will be a good boost for the community.”

Originally published as ‘He’s had a lot of success’: Ex-NRL star signs with Oakey Bears


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