Pride on the NRL prowl
THE Northern Pride’s search for improvement will lead them out of Queensland, as coach Joe O’Callaghan embarks on a fact-finding mission to NRL clubs.
South Sydney, Parramatta, Bulldogs and Penrith will open their doors to O’Callaghan this weekend in a trip anticipated to extract vital information from the best in the business.
The Pride’s links to the Rabbitohs will extend to include vital off-field analysis for O’Callaghan, including welfare and club operations.
The Eels, coached by former Cairns Brothers player Brad Arthur, will give O’Callaghan access to their vaunted junior academies programs.
Penrith, too, have a production line worth monitoring, especially given the Pride’s growing junior base throughout the Far North.
The Panthers will be coached by former Broncos mentor Anthony Griffin, who hails from Rockhampton, the same home city as O’Callaghan.
A fact-finding visit to some of the NRL’s leading clubs should be considered a major step forward for the Pride. Previously, the club has relied solely on the successful Cowboys programs, though expanding their knowledge to incorporate rivals can only lead to further gains.
While the Pride’s robust production line is delivering, there are concerns it has plateaued and could still be bolstered.
Northern Prode Coach Joe O'Callaghan.