Pirates NRL boost on cards
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Noosa Pirates could once again receive the hefty injection of NRL talent with a former star itching to immerse themselves back in the game.
Ex-Canberra Raider, Sydney Rooster and Gold Coast Titan David Shillington moved to Noosa six months ago and is considering a return to the rugby league field.
He's only been out of the game three years but Shillington hasn't ventured far from the field, already mingling with the current crop of Pirates at pre-season training.
It's given him a taste of the glory days, with Shillington weighing up whether to help out behind the scenes or get in the thick of the action this year.
"I actually went down to training with the Pirates just before Christmas just to feel like a footy player like I used to and mix with the boys," he said,
"I actually loved it so I'm not sure whether I'll do a little bit of assistant coaching there or I might strap on the boots one more time.
"I probably need to get into a bit more shape, I've fallen out of shape over the last couple of years but being around the boys in that team environment with a bunch of good people keeping fit I loved it.
"So, see how I go over the next couple of weeks
"(There's) A little bit of a chance (I'll play), they're good people there at the Pirates and I do miss playing so it'd be nice to be back among it."
It would be a major coup for the club, with the 36-year-old boasting 15 games in the NRL, 14 Tests for Australia, four matches for the Prime Minister's XIII, eight games for Queensland and two NRL All-Stars appearances.
It's not the first time Noosa has enjoyed the talent of a former NRL star, with ex-Dragon Noel Goldthorpe lacing up for the club between 2005-08.
He helped guide them to three premierships.
These days, Shillington is an NRL State of Mind project officer and is heavily involved with PlayBook Coach.
The latter of which he was passionately spruiking at the Sports Hub in Birtinya yesterday, eager to share his wealth of knowledge with talent on the Sunshine Coast.
"(PlayBook Coach) is Australia's premier sports coaching platform so we do one-on-one coaching, small groups and team coaching sessions as well as mentoring," he said.
He was happily reliving his glory days with old Raiders teammates yesterday and had high hopes for their season ahead.
"I think with the roster they've got and the confidence they would've got from last season they'll push on this year and fingers crossed they go one step better."