GEOFF Toovey says his passion for rugby league will never wane and that he continues to seek a return to the game in some capacity while he works full-time as a chartered accountant.
The Manly legend, who was sacked as Sea Eagles coach in 2015, tells RLW he is open to opportunities that may arise not only in coaching, but also the administrative and financial sectors of the game.
Toovey was interviewed for the head coaching job at the Warriors, but the club decided to go with Stephen Kearney.
Being an assistant coach, as some former head coaches including David Furner and Steve Price have done to stay involved in the game, is another thing he would be interested in.
“I’d like to think I’ll be back in the game,” Toovey says.
“I’ve always wanted to get involved again and although I’ve obviously had a history in coaching I’m open to anything that might come up in other areas of the game.
“I’d like to think I’ve got something to offer and I can certainly say I’ve never been afraid of hard work. I’ve kept working all along as a charted accountant while I’ve been seeking opportunities in the game, but it’s been hard.”
Toovey has made a name for himself in the media, with his part-time work for Fox Sports. He is a regular panellist on the NRL 360 show and says he is looking forward to continuing with that in 2017.
But, ideally, it would be as part of a total involvement with the game.
“I’ll keep looking and I’ll be ready if an opportunity arises,” he says.