Capras hook former Rockhampton NRL coach
THE CQ CAPRAS have hooked one of the biggest recruitment scores in the club's history.
Former Broncos head coach Anthony 'Hook' Griffin has joined the ranks of the rugby league team as a consultant and adviser.
He will provide specialised coaching advice and strategy to the Capras head coach Jason Hetherington and all Capras coaching staff.
Griffin will take on this role while based in Brisbane and continuing with his corporate work.
He was raised in Rockhampton and involved in Rugby league as both a player and then a coach, before moving to further his coaching career.
After a few stints in the Queensland Cup and then taking the under 20 Bronco's to the Grand Final in 2008, Griffin was named as Brisbane Bronco's NRL Head Coach for seasons 2011 to 2014.
Griffin said he was looking forward to working with the Capras and Hetherington.
"I will be based in Brisbane," Griffin said.
"I will get up here as much as I can.
"There will be a lot of players out of here in the future."
The former Rockhampton Brothers player (1988 to 1992) said the state league was the second biggest competition in the country and for development reasons, it was important future NRL players go through that league.
He emphasised that his role was as a consultant, not to take over the reigns from Hetherington, but to contribute in every way he can to all aspects of the club.
"I'm looking forward to working with him and picking his brains, which I will be doing on a regular basis," Hetherington said.
"He will probably be sick of me after the first week."
Hetherington said Griffin's recruitment should also be an attraction for players to join Capras considering what can be seen now from what the Broncos have done in the past four to five years.
Griffin has spent the past week or two going over the Capras line up with Hetherington and his initial reaction to the talent is that the team is looking good.
"The Central Queensland area has always produced really good young players," Griffin said.
"I don't think there is any doubt it will be good for us," Capras CEO Geoff Murphy said.
"It will strengthen us.
"We have, in the past six months, made a point of bringing home the locals."
At this point in time, Griffin will not have anything to do with the CQ NRL Bid, which is closely associated with CQ Capras.
However, Capras CEO and CQ NRL Bid chairman Geoff Murphy wasn't ruling out asking for Hook's help, if the need arose.
One of the services to be provided by Griffin on behalf of the CQ Capras is a Local Coaches Seminar.
This event will be held over a full weekend so that all local coaches in Central Queensland will have the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge and experience of Griffin.
The Rockhampton Leagues Club CQ Capras will play their first trial match in Rockhampton on February 7th.