NEW BLOOD: Group 2 rugby league badly needs to have Nambucca Heads back and winning again. Photo: Leigh Jensen.
NEW BLOOD: Group 2 rugby league badly needs to have Nambucca Heads back and winning again. Photo: Leigh Jensen.

Barrett’s the man for Roosters' return

EXPERIENCED rugby league coach Peter Barrett is the man in charge of leading Nambucca Heads back into the Group 2 competition.

The Roosters made a shock withdrawal from the 2014 premiership after three consecutive grand final appearances but in hindsight, Barrett believes that long term it may have been the best thing that happened.

"Losing those grand finals saw a lot of pressure and disappointment build up but that's now behind the club," he said.

"Now we have a fresh start and while it would be silly to make wild promises, I think it won't take long to become a force again if we observe a few simple strategies."

From the start, there's one simple rule Barrett will enforce. "To play first grade for me, you have to turn up at training," he said.

"My job is to make sure training is fresh and fun to be involved in.

Peter Barrett has taken on the task of reinvigorating the Roosters.
Peter Barrett has taken on the task of reinvigorating the Roosters.

"It's a culture that leads to success where the boys put the work in together and reap the results together.

"First grade sets the agenda for all the club and with a fresh culture and blokes turning up on time, it's not a long way to go to be back in the winning list again."

Barrett's last club coaching job was with Coffs Harbour four years back but he then became extremely successful with the Oxley Pioneers, winning a NSW Country Under-18 championship.

"A few of those Pioneer blokes are still around and not playing footy," he said.

"I'd like to round them all up and get them on the paddock again.

"There are players at other clubs who I'm sure would love to come back home again and let's not forget those who missed out on under-18s this year when the club pulled out.

"Those young blokes will be ideal."

And the new coach has the names of certain 'retired' identities he's keen to have involved.

"Some old fellows like Mick Ronan and Dean Urquhart and 'Pest' Morrison being involved would get young kids looking up to them and eating out of their hands.

"If we make football fun and can be business-like at the games, we'll be back on track in no time.

"I think Group 2 needs us back and better than ever."



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