Anderson back with renewed vigour
IT IS a relaxed Steve Anderson who has enthusiastically taken on the task of restoring faith in the Thrifty Brahmans.
That doesn't mean Anderson is taking the task lightly, because giving anything less than his best is not in his nature, but he does admit the two years he spent away from an active coaching role has reactivated his desire to coach.
"I think the two-year break was what I needed to refresh," he said.
On Sunday at Rugby Park Anderson took the Brahmans squad for its first physical session of the new season and while some of the players might have been hurting a little afterwards, the coach was filled with enthusiasm.
"I was jumping around," he said.
Taking a team gave him personal enjoyment but he was assisted by the players, who put everything into the opening training run.
"It was fantastic," Anderson said.
"We had 25 of our squad of 34 players."
From the outset Anderson has said he would use the expertise of others to get the best results for his players and on Sunday touch international Gavin Shuker conducted part of the session.
"He is highly regarded in sport and I've worked with Gavin before," Anderson said.
Shuker is a part of the Brahmans coaching set-up and has been given a clear outline of what is expected.
This will include work on ball skills.
Most players had worked on personal fitness during the off-season and Anderson said it showed.
"I've got to say I was pleased with their fitness level for this time of the year," he said.
"Also, the commitment level was excellent. They put everything into it, as it was a testing two-hour session."
It's early days for the Brahmans and Anderson is unwilling to make a forecast on how the squad will go over the future weeks, or who will line up when they take to the park for their first major trial match at Mackay on March 3.
Anderson wants to give the younger squad members a chance to prove themselves in a match but has not decided how he will use them during the trials.
"We might take 28-30 players to Mackay," he said.
A second option would be to take fewer players and use them for longer periods of the game but then use fresh players in a later trial game.
The Brahmans train again at Rugby Park on Friday evening.