Rush of enthusiasm for coach
One puzzle has been solved with Todd Rush named this week as the inaugural coach of the under-19 team that will enter the 2010 Capricorn League.
The team is run by the Central Queensland Zone, but widely hailed as a Cougars reserve squad as the team is seen as a part of players progression from junior football through to the Cougars and beyond.
Rush admits he had been unsure of his commitment to coaching in 2010, but now looks forward to the season getting under way.
“This has rekindled my enthusiasm,” he confirmed.
As his appointment has only been announced recently on the footballcq website, Rush admits there are still a number of issues to be sorted through.
“I’ve got a list of about 35 players who accepted an invitation (to play for the team) towards the end of last year,” he said.
Rush said these players were being contacted and he was aware that not all are confirmed as being available for the squad.
The new coach has also noted that players he would have thought keen to make themselves available were not on the list.
Football Queensland has also been quick to notify zones that players from last season’s representative under-15 squads should also taken into consideration.
Consequently the door is still open before, and probably after, the first trial match for the squad, which is set down for Norbridge Park one week tomorrow.
“The concept of the under-19 team is for players who have designs of playing at a higher level,” he said.
Already Mackay and Townsville have successfully run youth teams in their top local competition and have seen the benefit of having their elite youngsters playing together week-in and week-out.
Rush said he was not yet certain where the under-19 team would play its Capricorn League matches or even where he could train the youngsters.
The position does not just involve the Capricorn League side, as a part of Rush’s duties with the team will be when it plays in the Hyundai Queensland State League competition.
So how will Rush gauge success with his talented but raw young squad?
“I think we’ve got to look at how the players develop, both individually and in the team,” he said.
“Also a sign of success will be getting players earmarked by the Cougars and an A-League club.”