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Mike Reid will be hoping to spread his experience and knowledge throughout the Norths community and playing group as he looks for a fresh start as the club’s new scrum coach.
The former Auckland Blue expressed the satisfaction which he gains out of coaching and the performance of the individual which comes from attitude.
“I coach because I want to help players reach their goals, whether that goal is to be a regular first grader or a full time professional, my goal is to help players achieve what they want to,” Reid said.
“Along with that also comes a desire to challenge players to go beyond what they think they can achieve.
“You can teach technique, but attitude is innate.”
Having experienced a great deal of coaching success throughout the years, Reid is determined to bring the best out of the Norths playing group with a vast amount of potential.
“Norths have had a lot of success in recent years and my goal is to contribute to the continuation of that success,” Reid explained.
“From the playing group available I see every reason why we can build on the success the club has already had.
“Ultimately the success of our season will come down to finding the right balance between attitude and ability.”
Reid’s renowned playing career included appearances for the Junior All Blacks at 2 World Cups, the Auckland Blues and North Harbour in which he captained.
Sadly, injury cut short Reid’s playing career in which he then decided to move overseas to spend 5 years in the Middle East “coaching more in a way to make friends in a very foreign environment.”
Reid suggested that the art of coaching scrummage in today’s game is forever changing and that a physical and mental strategy needs to be in place for a team to win.
“The scrum still holds a massive importance in today’s game, it is an opportunity for one team to exert physical and mental dominance over their opponent,” Reid said.
“The scrum continues to evolve as laws change and the key to scrum coaching is to make sure you evolve and grow with those changes.
“The art is ultimately about giving players enough tools and resources to confront any situation so they can maximise their potential.”
Norths Head Coach, Shannon Fraser, believes Reid’s role will be crucial in the club’s push for further success.
“Mike will add tremendous value to the clubs set-piece through his technical knowledge and experience around scrummaging,” Fraser said.
“He’s competed at a very high level in a position that relies heavily on ‘the feel’, so his insights into scrum application and attitude will add significant value to the group.
“You can’t underestimate the importance of set-piece and the value of a dominant scrum in winning games.
“Mike’s an important piece in the puzzle, and I’m looking forward to working closely with him in 2018.”
Get to know the scrum basics with Mike Reid in the video below: