New Nerimbera coach Adam Wratten has a plan to take the club back to the top of local football.
New Nerimbera coach Adam Wratten has a plan to take the club back to the top of local football. ALLAN REINIKKA

Wratten to coach Nerimbera

FOOTBALL: Adam Wratten may be taking over the senior coaching duties at the Nerimbera club, but he is not ready to hang the boots up just yet.

“I think coach/player is my preference,” Wratten joked.

However, the former representative player is taking his new commitment very seriously.

“I want to be successful,” he admitted.

“I want it for the club, the players and also for myself.”

Wratten has been with the Nerimbera club since moving to Rockhampton from Mackay about five years ago and would have been happy just to continue playing.

However, the club’s attempts to recruit a new coach had come to nothing and so he made the decision to throw his hat in the ring.

“I would have liked to have had a few more years working and learning from people I admire,” he said.

When that didn’t happen, he thought he would put his name forward.

“You don’t want to die wondering,” he beamed.

Not that Wratten is taking a trip into the unknown, as he said he had surrounded himself with good people who will provide guidance and assistance.

Roy Benson, who was first team coach last season, is taking the second team and his support has been, and will be, invaluable, and acting in an advisory capacity will be Justin Kilshaw, one of the most qualified coaches in the region.

He’s also spoken with John Harbin who has worked with successful teams in Central Queensland and the professional circuit in the United Kingdom, and he too will assist where possible.

“I believe we have the best people in Central Queensland,” he stated.

Making the task a little difficult for Wratten is the fact the Nerimbera club is celebrating its 100th birthday.

However, the club has produced a plan that, if all goes well, will see Nerimbera benefit in years to come.

“It is a big year for a lot of people at the club,” Wratten admitted.

“It is important, however, that we move forward and therefore team selection will be made on training performance and what players bring to a game.

“My goal this year is to make the finals.

“I am happy with the players I’ve got and confident in their ability, but there are some strong teams out there.”

The new coach has identified areas that needed addressing if improvement is to be achieved.

“I’m looking at three years to have a genuinely strong club,” he said.

While the plan presented to the Nerimbera board on his appointment was comprehensive, Wratten said there were three key elements to it.

“First there is junior development, working on a program so they achieve a higher level,” he said.

“Secondly, making Pilbeam Park a welcome environment for players and their families.

“And thirdly get our people committed to training.”

With training for the coming season under way, Wratten said numbers attending had been good with some players returning to Nerimbera for the centenary and making themselves available for first team duties.

Only three players have been lost from last year’s Capricorn League squad, making the playing strength, on paper, impressive.

“We have a couple of new boys and I’m looking forward to seeing them in a game situation,” he concluded.

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