In the wake of the NRLs announcement of a new system for its coaches, there have been a number of questions surrounding the new coaching system.
The NRLs first coaches coach, Shaun Fensom, is an experienced coach with a long track record.
Fensom also played an integral part in the Roosters’ premiership success in 2015 and was in the frame to be named the NRL Rooster of the Year in 2017.
However, FensOM was dropped by the Roos at the end of the season and the NRL announced in January that Fensoms role would be replaced by David Gallop.
As well as having his own set of responsibilities, Fosom will be expected to oversee all aspects of the Rooster of the Future’s recruitment process, including player recruitment, recruitment of new coaches and player development.
Gallop, who is a former Roostering coach, is also the man in charge of the club’s NRL recruitment and development program.
In a press conference this morning, Gallop confirmed that the NRL had appointed a new coaching group, with the new system set to be introduced in the next couple of weeks.
He said: “It’s about getting the right people in place, making sure we have a system in place so we can make sure that we can get the right coaches in the right place.”
Gallops comments come as the NRL released the new rules for the 2018/19 season.
Under the new new system, coaches will now have a responsibility to train their players in a particular way and to promote the values of respect, loyalty and commitment to the club.
While it’s unclear how exactly the new structure will be implemented, it’s expected that the current structure will remain in place for the next three seasons.
Former Rooster Of The Future, Anthony Watmough, is one of the most well-respected and experienced coaches in Australian football, having coached the Kangaroos, Sharks, Dragons and Panthers.
He is a key figure in the development of players throughout the NRL and the coaching world.
There are still plenty of questions to be answered around the new model and how it will be managed.
For instance, who will coach the Roasters’ players in the new scheme?
Who will make decisions on player development?
And what will be the role of the coach in the transition from a high-profile, long-term role to the more traditional role of coach?
If there are any issues with the current system, who should the NRL consult and who should it ignore?
The questions that remain unanswered include: Will there be a coach who will have to adapt to a new set of rules?
Will there still be a role for a traditional coach to mentor players?
Will the NRL continue to appoint the NRL of the Week, where the best coaches in Australia are selected?
And will players continue to be rewarded for their dedication to the game?
What can the new coaches do to prepare players for the NRL?