New Titans Senior Assistant Coach Jim Dymock has done just about everything in rugby league.
A premiership-winner and Clive Churchill Medallist with Canterbury in 1995, a State of Origin player with NSW and a member of the World Cup-winning Kangaroos team of 1995, Dymock is also a former Head Coach of Tonga and has been an assistant coach at the Bulldogs and Sharks.
He played more than 200 NRL games with Wests, the Bulldogs and Parramatta, and another 95 in Super League with the London Broncos, and was celebrated as one of the toughest and most skilful players of his era, being named the Dally M Lock of the Year three times in four seasons between 1993 and 1996.
And, Dymock suspects, all of that will come as a surprise to the majority of players in the Titans squad.
“They probably wouldn’t even know,” he explains. “The generation now, they don’t even know the history of rugby league.
“It surprises me sometimes.
“When I was at the Dogs, one of the players was getting his debut jumper off (Bulldogs legend) Terry Lamb – and he didn’t even know who Terry Lamb was.
“That nearly killed me.
“So I am sure they wouldn’t know who I am.”
If the Titans don’t know who Dymock is, they soon will.
Dymock has been charged with putting the steel back into the Gold Coast’s defence after it leaked like a sieve in 2019, and the powerfully built 47-year-old is certainly not afraid about getting “hands on” to make sure his lessons are being learned.
The competitive fire is still well and truly alight inside Dymock, and the Titans playing group has already experienced it close up as the new Assistant Coach got himself involved in a few ball work sessions to keep the players on their toes.
“I’m a footballer,” he explains. “I don’t like running laps and that, but when there is a game on, I am very competitive.
“They chucked me in last week and I got a little bit too excited. I think I will ease up now.
“I do a lot of the defensive work with the boys, so I will be in there helping them, trying to slow the play the ball down.
“I like to mix it with them.
“I think I am getting a little bit older now, so I will see how I go this year.”