Comets? management in place for 2007
NEW Comets' coach Steve Anderson has got his new management team and he's pretty pleased with the talented group.
"I've been involved with rugby union for the past four years and this is the kind of (coaching) structure that works," Anderson said.
The coach has been involved in high performance sport coaching for the past 17 years and during that time has gained a wealth of experience.
Something the Comets will feed on during the coming seasons.
"I'm doing what I know works," he said.
Anderson is confident the structures being put in place are not just a one season plan but a blue print to Comets success for many seasons to come.
"The most important areas of what I'm doing is moving young local players through to the Cowboys," he said.
While Anderson will be trying to build on the work of Matt Parish with the senior team he would like to see a conveyor belt of young talent trying to get into the Comets squad.
Rick Campbell comes into the role of Comets team coach and he will work closely with Anderson on strategies for the Wizard Cup squad.
"Rick used to play at lock and I played with him for the Gold Coast Vikings," Anderson said.
Joe O'Callaghan takes on the role of looking after the fitness of the players.
Another important role belongs to Jack Lloyd who has the position of Skills Coach.
"He will be involved with positional analysis and the coaching day-to-day of skills," Anderson said.
However, while the improvement of the Comets is vital, so is the development of the potential the region offers.
Darryl Horstman has the position of Academy Coach but Anderson does not see this role as simply giving promising players an occasional coaching session.
"He will track players when they go back to play for their clubs," he said.
"Then he will provide feedback to me."
"It's important to closely monitor potential Comets players."
Anderson believes this will help raise the level of the game locally as players are exposed to Comets training concepts and are aware that their progress is being carefully monitored by professional staff coaches.