NRL legend Scott Hill. Photo: Patrick Woods
NRL legend Scott Hill. Photo: Patrick Woods

Storm legend lifts Colts

RUGBY LEAGUE: Coolum Colts will continue their charge for a future top tier berth with the next wave of rising talent to learn from a former Australian representative.

Ex-Melbourne Storm, Origin and Kangaroos star Scott Hill has jumped on board to guide the club’s under-18 squad this coming season.

Club president Josh Olsen said it was a major coup for Coolum and believed it would play a strong role in their plans to enter a side into the A-grade competition in coming years.

“We’re building pathways for the juniors,” he said.

“We’ve got a good group of 16s going into the 18s age group and we want to bring that talent through (into the senior ranks).”

The club already has a highly successful Division 2 side, and said having Hill on board would help bolster skills and strengthen the youth for a future in the senior ranks.

“He’s done everything there is to do in the game so to bring that experience and knowledge to the younger guys and impart it – you can’t get better than that,” he said.

Hill said he had helped the under-16s out last year but was looking forward to this season as a coach and sharing his wealth of experience with the young group.

“They’re all in a stage where they are ready to learn some new things and good principles about being the best they can be and being a good team so myself and Blake Comerford have joined together to do that,” he said.

“For me, it’s more about teaching them the core principles about what makes a good footy team.

“Hard work and working for each other but also from a skill level as well, there’s a lot of areas they need to work on in the finer parts of their game.”

He said the under-18 squad had embraced up to eight weeks of pre-season prior to Christmas, with a major focus on building fitness and strength.

“Just basic weights and stuff because they're going to be playing against teams that are going to be heavier and bigger than them so they need to get to a level where they can handle that.”

He was optimistic about the club’s hopes of one day fielding a Division 1 outfit.

“They've done pretty well the last couple of years and it’s a good club to be around … There’s definitely potential there that’s for sure,” he said.