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With new Head Coach, Earl Va’as’ feet now firmly on the ground in his new role at Northern Suburbs, Earl takes a look at how his first month of the preseason has shaped up.
Hitting the ground running, a refocus of core skill development has been a big part of the preseason so far with a fair amount of conditioning thrown in.
“Like any club at this time of year, there has been a huge emphasis on developing our foundation of skills and conditioning base.”
Through this period there has also been a lot of integrated training between our Grade and Colts squads as we look to develop as a whole, across all 8 teams at the club.
The beauty in this is the young players that are putting their hands up each session. While club leaders, Nick Palmer, Harry Burey and Nathan Russell have continued to drive really high standards around the group.
As upward of 60 players head toward the Blue Mountains this weekend for the annual pre-season camp. This will provide the opportunity to continue to develop and drive team patterns, gameplay and to be really clear around individual roles.
Having that time away together will also be really good in terms of team building and getting to know one another. With a handful of new players joining the club in 2020 and a large number of colts entering grade rugby, the more time that can be spent together as a group the better.
One player who has caught the coach’s eye is Will Connelly. After bursting into the 1st Grade scene toward the backend of 2018, Will missed the entire 2019 season with an awkward ankle injury. With a full year off, Will is bursting with energy to get back out there, having added some size to go with his elusive speed.