NSW great lets Blues’ back­line in on a se­cret

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

FOR­MER NSW great Mark Gas­nier was drafted into the Blues camp by coach Brad Fit­tler in a bid to quell the nerves of NSW’s rookie back­line.

Gas­nier was called upon on Wed­nes­day to de­liver a se­cret talk to the debutant out­side backs in Josh Addo-Carr, La­trell Mitchell, Tom Tr­bo­je­vic and James Roberts to help the quar­tet pre­pare for their Ori­gin de­buts.

The rook­ies lis­tened on as Gas­nier, who was the game’s best cen­tre dur­ing the 2000s where he played 12 games for the Blues, gave them an in­sight into ar­eas of the game he said took him “eight or nine years to learn”.

“I spoke to them about not over com­pli­cat­ing things and some things that helped me in my ca­reer that I wish I learnt a lot ear­lier,” Gas­nier said.

“Key lit­tle ar­eas where I thought may im­prove their de­ci­sion-mak­ing. I em­pha­sised the point that they were by no means bad de­fend­ers or mak­ing bad de­ci­sions but they weren’t be­ing the best de­fend­ers they can be.

“They were mak­ing the mis­takes that I made. I was a poor de­fender when I a first started and got into a lot of bad habits.”

Mitchell said he learnt plenty from the 30-minute ad­dress.

“It was cool to have a leg­end come in and have a yarn,” Mitchell said.

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