At home with Comets? rein
STEVE Anderson is proud to be a local boy and believes being a local will make his job as Comets' coach a little bit easier.
Having played for Fitzroy in 1983 Anderson has accumulated a wealth of experience, including international level in both rugby league and union.
"I was poached from rugby league by the Scottish rugby union," Anderson said.
His last job was with the Irish rugby union.
"I see a lot more cross-code switching between rugby league and union.
"The mechanics of football codes are fairly similar."
Now he has returned to his rugby league roots and is keen to take the challenge of guiding the Comets through its Wizard Cup commitments.
Although he only recently returned to Rockhampton he has been liaising with outgoing coach Matt Parish about recruitment of players and staff for 2007.
"I'll be confirming the appointments of the various coaches," he said.
"Pre-season is a coach's biggest program.
"I'll be reliant on my staff and they too will be locals."
With training due to start in early November that does not leave a lot of time to settle back into a routine.
With the assistance of Parish he has identified areas of the Comets' game that need improvement.
"The philosophy of rugby league is quite simple, you need good forwards to get go-ahead and good halves as playmakers," he said.
"The halves are critical.
"We have identified some players both local and with past NRL experience."
Should Anderson successfully fill these key positions then he sees no reason why he can't build on Parish's work and take the Comets into the semis.
Anderson is waiting to assess the calibre of players in his squad before he works out a coaching program for 2007.
"It's no use going in with a blue- print, it's not helpful being too far ahead of yourself," he said.
The former assistant coach of the 1999 Melbourne Storm championship team said he sees his role as a teacher and a mentor helping other coaches to strengthen the base of football in the region.
"Once I have the staff in place I'll do a workshop so all staff know how to identify with each other," he said.
"If the coaches aren't singing off the same hymn sheet then we're in trouble."