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Tornadoes coach departs

Launceston Tornadoes will have assistant assistant Michael Johnstone in charge for the final two weeks of the season, to allow head coach Derek Washington to pursue opportunities back at home in the US.

Club Chairperson Janie Finlay expressed her gratitude for Washington's contribution in the past two years.

"Like all things with the Tornadoes, we're a platform for growth and for new opportuinites and so we're wishing Derek well now, to have an early start on his next campaign and we'll be looking for a new head coach for 2020."

Derek described how much he enjoyed the experience.

"First and foremost I want to thank the Torandoes for giving me an opportunity to coach and to the fans, the club, the kids in schools, it's been a pleasure to be here."