The Titans Elite Development System players have come together at Lake Ainsworth on the north coast of NSW for their annual camp to complete season 2019.
Elite Player Development Manager Jamie McCormack has put together an u14 and u15 invitational program with kids from the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers coming together for a number of training sessions before finishing off with a game against various opposition.
Taking place at Lake Ainsworth, McCormack and his staff have had the opportunity to put all the players through a lot of work whilst also giving the group a chance to enjoy where they are.
“Every year we wrap the season with this invitational camp for u14 and u15 players,” McCormack said.
“We run it at Lake Ainsworth because of the great facility.
“There is a great field, a gym, the river and they feed us really well which is really important for these growing young men.
With representatives watching a lot of junior league over the course of the season, an invite was sent to those who the club believes could have potential to earn a Titans contract. Whilst having the skills on the field, it’s about the individuals’ approach to all aspects of life that the staff are keeping a close eye on.
“We’ve invited players that we believe have potential to earn a contract.
“We’ll train them pretty hard this week and it gives us a chance to have a good look at them.
“We finish with a trial at Piggabeen against a Northern Rivers invitational side that has been put together whit the u15 side taking on the Balmain Tigers Harold Matthews trial squad.
“There are two reasons as to why we do this. One is that we can get a look at them and then we can see who the good kids are and who wants to work hard.
“It’s also about fitting into our values and adhering to those.
“We have the u15 players here and we’re going to be pushing them to the limit and take the chance to get to know them off the field as well.”
Whilst plenty of training will be done, the young men want to play rugby league and they’ll get that opportunity.
“We will do a lot of skills and drills, as well as a lot of team activities.
“We’re taking on some quality opposition and we’re looking forward to that.”