New Carltons boss keen to get the job done
AARON Heremaia will nitpick the best and worst coaching techniques he has learned in his career to forge the strongest Carltons side possible.
The former New Zealand national player will try his hand at coaching for the first time this year with last season’s wooden spooners.
Heremaia played 60 games in the NRL with the Warriors and 223 in the Super League before he came to Mackay last season.
“I’ve always been involved with the coaches in my teams,” he said.
“I’d like to think I can take what I think will work from that experience and what won’t work and bring it to this team.”
Having played against the Devils last year, Heremaia knew first-hand the expectation was for teams to beat them.
“When I was playing at Sarina last year I didn’t actually play against Carltons,” he said.
“People thought it was just an easy win.”
That lack of caution might help the Devils shock a few opposition sides this season.
“When teams rock up we want to scare them a little bit,” Heremaia said.
The new coach did not make massive claims for the season, but said the club was taking the right steps with a few key signings.
“I have a certain way I want to coach, but you have to coach with what you’ve got,” he said.
“To me a sign of a good coach is being able to adapt depending on what’s in front of them. Although I want to play a bit more explosive than this, we have to keep it simple.”
Heremaia said structure and smart football would be their keys to success, especially to counter their lack of depth.
“These guys haven’t had any structure the last couple of years, so I’m giving them some framework to work with and just focusing on doing the little things right,” he said.
“I played in this comp last year and you can get hyped up and try do these big plays like the NRL teams when the easiest play is right in front of you.”