Scanlan returns with top tips
ALMOST 20 years after playing junior rugby league for Collegians, Simon Scanlan was back at his old club with a star-studded coaching panel on Sunday.
After debuting for Parramatta in the NRL, Scanlan returned to the Warwick Cowboys for the 1999 season and played in the A-grade side which made the TRL grand final.
Current Collegians under-7 coach Basil Nolan was prop in the 1999 team and asked former teammate Scanlan about a visit from the Broncos.
Scanlan, who formerly worked in development with the Broncos but is now in recruitment, arrived in Warwick with former international Michael Hancock, Broncos A-grade prop Josh McGuire and development officer Fletcher Holmes.
The Broncos four put on some fun drills for Collegians teams from under-7 to under-10.
“It was just a fun day as a reward for the players at the end of the season,” Scanlan said.
While he was impressed with many of the skills at Collegians, recruitment was the last thing on Scanlan’s mind.
“Thirteen years of age is the youngest a club can put a player in a development squad,” Scanlan said.
“Realistically, at that time, a player would be in Year 8 and, by the time he finishes Year 12, he could be in the under-20s or even the NRL. Josh McGuire played NRL at 18.”
In his recruitment role, Scanlan believes the Broncos are looking forward to a successful five years.
“This is more of a re-building year after the loss of some players. A lot of good young players have come through and we have signed Greg Inglis.”
McGuire knows the Broncos are on a finals tightrope with two fixture games to go.
“I know the Warriors are tough at home but I would love to play finals footy,” he said.
“We just have to do what we know best – run hard and tackle hard.”