MORE and more league coaches say they are frustrated by the lack of dedication and work ethic among modern players.

It seems many want to get the plum spots on game day and feel that reputation is all it takes to win matches.

Coffs Harbour coach Colin Speed has proved the odd man out and everybody in the Comets' camp will tell you his ability to get players turning up on training nights is a major reason his side is in the grand final.

So why have players been busting to reach Geoff King Motors Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings ahead of their mates?

"My job has been to make training interesting and give them a reason why they want to be here," Speed said.

"First of all they have to want to play for themselves and sometimes it means changing the mindset.

"We have a culture of tolerance and discipline and, with a change in attitude, players find they are the ones who reinforce that culture and it spills over to game day."

Apart from quality coaching, work ethic and the right attitude, discipline and execution of basic football techniques has carried the side far.

Attitude is a word the coach uses frequently. He admits he's a believer that all the ability in the world can be wasted if a player doesn't approach each match mentally prepared and willing to give everything.

Yes, it's a vastly different side but there's a school of thought that if the 2012 side had not been so error prone, they too would have made it to the biggest game of the year.

This 2013 model makes few mistakes and the ultimate reward for that may be just a few hours away.

Tomorrow's opponent is the only team to lower the colours, winning 36-30 at Coronation Park on May 26.

"I left that day with a lot of respect for the Roosters," Speed said.

"They put on their best men and played like a great side should.

"We learned a lot from that loss and some of the lessons have shown up as the season went on."

Speed is making no predictions about tomorrow apart from expressing a desire that both sides deliver their best.

"I hope it's a good game and we'll make sure we play a fair game," he said.



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