Brothers to foster link between junior and senior grades

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Emerald Brothers Cowboys coach RJ Stewart with players from under-6 to U20.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Emerald Brothers Cowboys coach RJ Stewart with players from under-6 to U20. Rebekah Polley

THE Emerald Brothers Cowboys and the Emerald Brothers junior rugby league clubs are preparing for another successful season working together.

The senior and junior clubs are strengthening their ties with the Brothers Cowboys club, aiming to see the younger ones develop as players.

"We are getting involved with Emerald Brothers to give them a platform for when they finish junior league," Brothers Cowboys coach RJ Stewart explained.

"At the moment they get to under-18 and that's it.

"Hopefully we can get more involved with the U18, U16 and U14 to show when they come through they have the ability to go A-grade."

Stewart said the plan was to train from time to time with the U14, U16 and U18 teams and involve them with the Brothers Cowboys training.

"We just want to make them comfortable with the transition from junior to senior footy," Stewart said.

Club president James Verzeletti said it paid off for the senior players too.

"It does our A-grade players good too, as they get satisfaction and confidence in seeing they are helping develop and inspire young rugby league players," Verzeletti said.

"We're not just about getting the juniors playing for us when they are young men, but to keep them playing the game of rugby league.

"Wherever they might be when they leave school, the game offers so much as a young man -to stay fit tough and healthy, job opportunities, skills of working as a team and friendship."

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