Broncos check out coast?s young footabllers
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
FOR a club with a tradition of creating a production line of young players, the fact that the Brisbane Broncos are taking a keen interest in the young talent on the Mid North Coast is a boon for the region as they vie with Gold Coast Titans and Newcastle Knights for the services of our up and comers.
The club has set up an affiliation with Nambucca Heads and last Friday two of the Broncos' development managers in Paul Green and Paul Dyer ran 35 of the region's best 13 and 14 year olds through their paces.
"In the end it's much cheaper to develop a player than to have to go and buy one so that's where the good returns are," Green explained.
"Also it's putting a lot back into country rugby league as well in the areas outside the capital cities.
"If we can come down here and do a couple of sessions like this with the kids and the kids can pick-up a few things that probably they might not have had that opportunity prior to us coming."
Part of the Broncos culture that has been built over many years with Wayne Bennett at the helm is that the club is only interested in a quality player if he's a quality person as well and that was part of what Friday's session was all about.
"These sessions are basically designed for us to get a look at this little group of kids,"
"It's a great opportunity for those kids to show us what we're looking for, first and foremost that they've got good attitudes and a good work ethic and then obviously their footy ability is high on the agenda as well.
"They're certainly the three little key areas that we focus on with nights like tonight."
Green had no hesitation in agreeing.
"If the blokes an idiot, he's not going to kick on as a footballer, he's not going to last too long in the comp," he added.
"Everyone's under so much scrutiny now not only from the media but from the public in general so it's important that we do get the right kids because we want our club to be as good as it can be."
Just as he was about to take a group through some ball work drills Green also explained that their presence at Coronation Park could only a good thing for the local juniors.
"It's great for the area really," Green said.
"Years ago there probably wouldn't have been the opportunities available for kids around here and Nambucca being in the middle of a few areas with Newcastle down one way and the Titans and the Broncos not far away in the other direction, it does give kids another chance to show what they've got.
"I know it's a bit of a cliche but we're trying to put as much back into the grass roots and country areas as we can. We're not just here to pick the eyes out of the place we want to help try and develop the game here as well."