Brett Kimmorley joins Raiders as Assistant Coach
Monday 10 December 2012 12:06 PM
The Canberra Raiders have confirmed the appointment of former premiership winning halfback Brett Kimmorley, as the clubs new Assistant Coach for the next two seasons.
Kimmorley spent his first morning at Raiders HQ today helping Raiders Coach David Furner and fellow Assistant Coach Andrew Dunemann putting the team through their paces for pre-season training, after his appointment was announced late yesterday afternoon.
It’s an exciting off-field signing for the Raiders and completes a new look coaching staff for the 2013 season, with Kimmorley, Dunemann and new Head of Strength and Conditioning Nigel Ashley-Jones all new additions to the Raiders NRL Coaching staff.
Kimmorley said he’s excited to join the Raiders in the role as Assistant Coach and said he’s looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.
“To be given the opportunity to become one of the Assistant Coaches is a great career move for me as I was considered more of a specialist Coach at Canterbury,” he said. “It was an offer that Dave gave me and I think the club is in a wonderful position with the way they finished the year last year and the talent that is in the squad here.”
“My main role with the Bulldogs was working with the halves and looking after the catching/kicking side of things and I’ve felt like I’ve done a good apprenticeship,” he said. “I obviously played for a number of years and learnt a lot off Des Hasler in the last twelve months, so it’s now a part of my development as a coach to work with Andrew Dunemann as Assistants and help run the team, come up with some structures and input our ideas to Dave.”
The Raiders enjoyed a strong run at the back end of the 2012 season after starting the season slow and Kimmorley said there were encouraging signs in what he’s seen already that the team can start 2013 like they finished in 2012.
“Certainly attitude’s a big part of it and what I saw out there at my first training session today was that the players are training very hard and are accountable for their actions if they make an error and they’re talking well which us a good sign” he said. “All we can ask is that they put the hard work in now and prepare well. We can help with some structures, rules and guidelines, but in the end is up to how well the players buy into their own pride and some of the excitement they would have got from the end of last year.”
“They rode a fair journey into the semis and it’s about keeping that going from the start of the year and not relying on winning so many games to make the finals,” he said. “It’s about setting your own brand so that the locals here in Canberra want to come to the Stadium every week and support us.”
Raiders Coach David Furner said the appointment of Kimmorley gives the club a fresh face with some new ideas and his time as a player and more recently Coach would make him a valuable asset.
“Brett brings a wealth of experience from his playing career and also having the fulltime year under Des Hasler at Canterbury last year makes him a strong prospect,” Furner said. “His general knowledge of the game is very good and I think what he’ll add is experience and enthusiasm. I think he will be good for our squad and good for our coaching staff.”
Furner said Kimmorley’s years of experience as an NRL halfback would be utilised in working with the club right across the organisation.
“He’ll be very good for our young halves and we definitely need to utilise that, not only for our first grade halves but for our Under 20s, as well as the halves in our junior representative programs. It’s a good opportunity for us to utilise his experience.”
Furner said having Kimmorley locked away before the Christmas break allowed him time to settle into the role and get a good feel for the playing group and what the clubs objectives were.
“Today was an opportunity to sit back and have a look at how he handled the squad and the players responded well to him,” Furner said. “He’s going to build into the role. There’s still two weeks left before the Christmas break for Brett to get to know the players and then we’ll get him working hard.”