Pollock has plans for Brothers
AFL: Outsiders might suggest Don Pollock has taken on the toughest job in AFL Capricornia, but the experienced coach looks forward to the challenge of guiding Brothers into a new era.
He is realistic enough, however, to know success won’t be achieved overnight.
While his own coaching experience spans 36 years, he is keen to change the style of the local game starting at the Brothers club.
“It will be about understanding players’ needs and matching their skill capabilities.”
Having worked within the junior ranks of the region, Pollock is aware of what the area produces and also the talent it misses out on.
“I have seen 14, 16 and 18-year-old rep sides and watched those players casually go through our system,” he said.
“My recruitment aim is to bring those kids back.”
Pollock sees his role as more than just an A-grade coach, but as a senior coach/club coaching co-ordinator.
“I see it as a matter of putting the right personnel in each age group,” he continued.
“It’s a big task and I’m thankful for the volunteers we’ve got, but there is no room for complacency with player welfare.”
What Pollock plans for the Brothers club, he expects to see provide benefits in about three years.
“There will be changes,” he warned.
Already Pollock has spoken to young players around the club as he sees those footballers as providing the player strength for the next few years.
He said there were good players coming through Brothers’ ranks, like Jason Dawson and his own son Matt, whose progression encouraged Pollock to take a closer interest in senior football.
While Pollock can guide young players off the park, he also hopes to sign a couple of experienced players from Victoria who can lead by example on the pitch.
To do well at footy requires more than just natural talent and Pollock sees some deficiencies in players.
Over the summer months many of the Brothers squad have continued training and he has studied them closely.
“We will be looking to increase their core strength, we have some good frames to build on,” he said.
The “Pollock philosophy” on football is basically simple and the new coach has no plans to complicate it.
“A lot of football is in the head, it is all about having the confidence to play the game and use all your skills,” he said.
Fitness, of course, assists on building that confidence to do the job on the park.
Players who hope to roll up at the start of the season and walk into an A-grade guernsey might have a shock as Pollock will be expecting players to have done the preparation to earn selection.
He also knows that older players don’t need to train in the same way younger ones do and aims to cater for them with a program to suit their needs.
Pollock admits football is evolving and he believes Brothers can move with it.
He said he was impressed with the 2009 Yeppoon team as it helped young players develop their game to the next level.
“I like that style of football, it is the style Brisbane teams look for,” he said.
It is all about having the confidence to play the game and use all your skills