Pride on the NRL prowl

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN BRIERTY

North­ern Prode Coach Joe O'Cal­laghan.

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