It looks as though there's still at least one chapter to be written in one of bush footy's most storied careers.
Five-time Group 10 winning Orange CYMS mentor Mick Sullivan will again coach in 2022, linking with the Berkeley Vale Panthers in the Central Coast competition.
Sullivan is currently living in the area and works alongside some of the region's best young players as the Central Coast Sports College's rugby league master.
Sullivan departed CYMS prior to the 2019 Group 10 season and linked with his junior club Wingham Tigers, where he captain-coached for the last three seasons.
The Tigers enjoyed success with Sullivan at the helm in Group 3 during the 2019 season, making it to within a game of the grand final, but the club's 2020 and 2021 campaigns were impacted by COVID-19.
Sullivan said linking with the Panthers for 2022 was the "next chapter" in his career, which also includes stints in the NRL and English Super League before his glittering, decade-long period with CYMS in Group 10 kicked off in 2010.
The now 41-year-old won titles with CYMS in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 and was crowd the Group 10 player of the year in his first season in the competition.
I'm looking forward to working with the Panthers.Ex-Orange CYMS mentor Mick Sullivan on his latest coaching role in rugby league
"(I can't wait to help with the) development of the Central Coast and Berkeley Vale juniors and even have a game or two with the older ones coming through," Sullivan said.
"I'm looking forward to working with the Panthers."
The Berkeley Vale club said it was thrilled to have the calibre of player such as Sullivan on board for the new season.
The appointment of Sullivan coincides with the club's opening of the Berkeley Vale Rugby League Academy. During his time at CYMS, Sullivan helped usher through the development of some of the green and golds best players.
The likes of Tim Bassmann, Scott Piper, Kyran Bubb, Riley Law and Sam Hill flourished under Sullivan's tutelage in his early days at the club, before the classy playmaker helped develop the likes of current-day CYMS premier league players Cam Jones, Joe Duffy and Lachy Munroe.
"We know that Sully's energy, professionalism, dedication and enthusiasm will take our family club to the next level," the club said in a statement.
"Sully will also be a fantastic playing edition to our own first grade team in the 2022 season.
"We have a young first grade squad who, with the help of Sully, will flourish into a competitive and consistent Central Coast team."
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