Cowboys give young guns an edge
ROCKHAMPTON'S junior footballers are one step closer to their NRL dream after their second training camp with North Queensland Cowboys’ Ty Williams and Scott Bolton.
The 36 young recruits of the Cowboys’ Top Gun Academy were coached on the weekend by the two NRL stars and coaches Dean Payne, Matt Parish and Peter Jones.
And coach Dean Payne said the young guns exceeded expectations.
“We are very impressed with the boys who, over the two days, have been committed the whole time,” Payne said.
The juniors, who were aged between 13 and 16, were selected for the program and participated in a similar camp in November 2009.
“Last time when we were here in November I would say they set the bar very high,” Payne said.
“But yesterday (Saturday) they were exceptional - we are very impressed by their skill level that they carried through from last year.”
Payne said the academy was a program used to develop and potentially sign future rugby league players for the Cowboys.
And local Jarred Dash will be one they will keep a close watch on.
“I am very impressed with Jarred’s footwork and skill level, particularly for his size,” Payne said.
Payne said the camp particularly focused on strength after their last camp that was based on flexibility.
Ty Williams and Scott Bolton both assisted in the coaching, which was an experience they were familiar with after also coming through a development squad.
“They (Williams and Bolton) love it, they both came through a system like this and they know how important it is and know exactly what to do,” Payne said.
“The boys gave them a taste of what rugby league is like and prepared them with what is expected of them if they reach that level and all those factors and skill levels they need.
“Ty is also a Queensland Origin player and it is great for the young players to interact with him and they love it.”
Despite the weather conditions yesterday, Payne said it still didn’t stop the enthusiasm from the young players.
Although there will not be a third camp before the NRL season kicks off, the Cowboys will continue to monitor the players through the 2010 season.