Head Coach of the my FootDr Queensland Bulls, Phil Jaques has stepped down from his role for family reasons. Jaques, a former Test opening batsman, has been the Bulls mentor for the past two seasons.

Queensland Cricket CEO Max Walters said today:  “Phil has stood down for reasons that resonate for many, and he goes with our blessing and best wishes”.

“He and his wife Jessica have a young family and, after making a successful transition from player to Head Coach, he has made the decision to put his family first and return to Sydney to be closer to their extended family support network.”

“Once Phil explained his decision, we contacted Cricket NSW and have worked with them to secure a coaching role for him in Sydney with NSW.

“In the short-term it will be a blow losing him, as his passion, attention to detail and appetite for work were exceptional whilst he was in the Bulls role. He focused on developing Queensland’s young talent and that investment in a new generation of players will stand Queensland and Australian cricket in very good stead in the years ahead.”

“We wish him the best for the future, which hopefully will include other significant coaching opportunities.”

Jaques’ two-year term as coach saw a host of Queenslanders attain Test, ODI, T20I and Australia ‘A’ selection, with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, Matthew Renshaw, Mitch Swepson, Chris Lynn, Sam Heazlett, Cameron Boyce, Michael Neser, Billy Stanlake and Jack Wildermuth all earning national call-ups.

The Bulls finished second in last year’s Matador Cup, with young batsman Marnus Labuschagne claiming player of the tournament honours, and were in contention for a Sheffield Shield Final place coming into the final round in each of the past two seasons.

Jaques thanked Queensland Cricket for the opportunity to coach the Bulls and expressed his gratitude at the support shown to him.

“Stepping down was a very challenging decision to make, and not one that I made lightly, but I know it was the right one for my family and me,” he said.

“I have enjoyed the chance to coach at a high level with Queensland and stand aside with the knowledge that there are a number of very special players in the group who have bright futures. I congratulate the players, coaches and support staff for working hard and buying into what we looked to achieve with the group and wish them all the best as they tackle the coming season.”

“Queensland Cricket made us very welcome when we moved here and I thank them for their understanding in this instance, but also the professional and caring manner which they have displayed during my time with the Bulls,’’ Jaques said.

“I’m also grateful to Cricket NSW for giving me the chance to tackle a head coaching role originally, and for working with Queensland Cricket to assist me with a coaching role when we return to Sydney,” he said.

Walters said while the process to identify a new head coach was underway, the Bulls off-season program would commence next month under the guidance of experienced assistant coaches Ashley Noffke, James Hopes, Andy Bichel and John Davison and State Talent Manager Justin Sternes.

“Phil and his team were well advanced in their planning for 2017-18 so the Queensland players can approach their winter program with confidence while we work through the process of appointing a new coach,” he said.