Australian news June 24, 2010

Bulls appoint Trevor Penney as assistant coach

Cricinfo staff

Trevor Penney, the former Sri Lanka coach, has swapped jobs with Lachlan Stevens to become Trevor Barsby's assistant at Queensland for 2010-11. Penney left the same role in Western Australia, which was then taken by Stevens, at the end of the season to move to Brisbane.

Penney, 42, has had a busy career after finishing as a player with the English county Warwickshire. He was England's fielding coach in 2005 and an assistant under Tom Moody with Sri Lanka before assuming the top job there in 2007. After that he joined Moody at Western Australia and Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

"When I was coaching against Queensland they always displayed good team spirit and were certainly real fighters on the field," Penney said. "I'm really looking forward to working with them. They are young and keen and from what I have encountered already in the first few days, very eager to learn and develop further."

Barsby said Penney would be an integral part in the squad's build-up to the summer. "Our current focus is on fielding for the group as well as some specialised one-on-one sessions," he said. "I know Trevor's strengths will complement that beautifully, as it will when we move into higher intensity work in the next month or so."