Henry backs his team ... and himself
AS far as the North Queensland C o w b o y s a r e c o n c e r n e d i t ’ s arguably the biggest game of the year.
Three losses from three trials capped one of the club’s and NRL’s most disrupted pre-seasons in living memory, but all that ends tomorrow night.
It’s also one of the most important games of the year for coach Neil Henry, but talk of his job being at the mercy of early-season results doesn’t faze him.
‘‘ If I worried about job security I wouldn’t sleep at night, would Henry said.
‘‘ Let’s get on with business, we’ll get into this game, we’ll worry about the Knights the week after that.
‘‘ I’m confident in the group that we’ve got and how we’ve trained, and the new players we’ve attracted to the club, that we’re going to go down there fully prepared and hopefully get the result that we want.’’
Henry has said Ivan Henjak’s recent sacking from the Broncos’ coaching post – 48 hours after their 26-4 win against the Cowboys in Alice Springs last month – wouldn’t rattle Brisbane’s preparations leading into the season opener.
‘‘ It’s unfortunate for them but I don’t think it’ll have a huge impact on how they start,’’ Henry said.
‘‘ I have sympathy with Ivan and
I?’’ what he’s going through as well, but they’re a quality club and Hook’s ( Broncos coach Anthony Griffin) been there for a while now coaching so the players are familiar with him.
‘‘ I wouldn’t put too much credence on it.
‘‘ Personally it’s certainly not good news for me or for football but that’s the life we live.’’
Henry, who has spent two seasons in the Cowboys head coaching role, said the pressure to get results was part of that life.
‘‘ Performances need to come all of the time,’’ he said.
‘‘ I mean I’m not saying that we have to win five from five.
‘‘ We’ll just address our performances week by week.
‘‘ The reality is that even the better teams lose a game once every three weeks, so you have to get used to losing sometimes. But there’s no doubt that we’re looking for a better start this year.’’
Henry said the mission for an improved start tomorrow night would feature a few personal battles being fought before a capacity Suncorp Stadium crowd.
‘‘ There’s a little bit in the background for this game,’’ he said.
‘‘ We’ve got a few ex ( Brisbane) players associated with our club now, Ashton Sims is going down there playing against his old club and we’ve got ( former Cowboy) Shane Tronc playing against his old club as well.
‘‘ Sam Thaiday’s been quite vocal about his time up in the North and now he’s a Bronco through and through which is fine.’’
CONFIDENT: Neil Henry