NYC Pre-season update
Monday 14 January 2013 7:21 PM
Storm TV took the chance to catch up with NYC coach Anthony Seibold and youngster Christian Welch this week as the Under 20’s ramp up their preparations for the 2013 season.
In his first year with Melbourne Storm, Under 20’s head coach Seibold has been impressed with the club’s culture and working environment.
“It’s a really good environment, its one that you can learn in and that’s really important as a coach. You always want to progress yourself,” said Seibold.
“It has a very hard working culture, one that’s full of respect and also for the success the club has had it is a very really humble place so its a real pleasure to be part of the club.”
A big focus for Seibold and his team has been to bring the Melbourne Storm culture across to his NYC squad.
“Our focus points are about our work ethic and our attention to detail, on top of that, the players and the staff are very humble at the NRL level and that is an attribute we are trying to instil into our young players,” Seibold said.
“Having the 16’s, 18’s and 20’s lead in program to the NRL squad is a really significant one for the club and one that bodes well for the future.”
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After making the move south from Brisbane, NYC squad member Christian Welch has experienced his first pre-season in Melbourne and is now entrenched in the Storm youth development program. Like his coach, the utility has been impressed with the Storm environment.
“We are very lucky here to have a coach for one to three guys so when we are in the gym we can ask questions and do it quickly,” said Welch.
“The part (of pre-season) before Christmas was pretty gruelling but it has been a great lead in to the season ahead I think.”
The NYC Thunderbolts begin their 2013 season on March 10 when St. George Illawarra travel to Melbourne for the Round One clash.
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