Barbarians' true Britt
THE Orange Barbarians will take a youthful approach to the 2013 Centennial Coal Cup season starting with a new player-coach.
Mitchell Britt has signed on as captain-coach for next year and is looking forward to his first coaching role.
“It’s a new challenge. It’s pretty exciting,” Britt said.
The 20-year-old has come through the Orange CYMS junior ranks before playing under 18s with the senior CYMS club and getting a few first grade games.
He was also part of the Balmain Tigers’ development squad in 2010.
“I think I’ve got some pretty good ideas,” Britt said. “This is my first time coaching. I’m just up for the challenge.”
Barbarians president Paul Rudd said signing Britt for next season was part of the club’s plan to attract a youthful line-up.
“The whole squad will probably be under 26,” Rudd explained. “We’ve signed Johnny Rose, who played with Cargo. We’ll have a few guys come across from CYMS.”
Pat Rudd, who won premierships with Forbes (Group 11 reserve grade) in 2011 and Eugowra (Woodbridge Cup) in 2012, is also expected to join the Barbarians next year.
Paul Rudd said the Barbarians had a sign-on last week where they had 33 expressions of interest for the coming season.
“The big thing is to give players opportunities,” Rudd said. “So many young blokes can’t quite find their feet with Hawks or CYMS and have no where to go. We want to give them an opportunity.”
The Barbarians played rugby union in 2010 before switching to league and the Centennial Coal Cup in 2011.
Rudd said the club was no longer making up the numbers in the competition.
“We’re starting to build towards where we want to be,” he said.
“We’ve cemented ourselves now. This is our third season in league.
“The biggest thing we want to aim for is to have a positive win-loss record this season.
“For the past four years, if a team has had a positive record in the competition they’ve been in the top three. It would be great to make the semi-finals.”
Begnell will still be involved in the pre-season to help Britt prepare the team and he is expected to play in the second half of the season.
The Barbarians are expected to start training in mid-January.