GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Gold Coast Titans elite player development manager Jamie McCormack with Redbank Plains State High School rugby league players Tommy Raftery (left) and Henry Ara.
GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: Gold Coast Titans elite player development manager Jamie McCormack with Redbank Plains State High School rugby league players Tommy Raftery (left) and Henry Ara. David Nielsen

Titans sign deal with Ippy school

DALY Cherry-Evans may no longer be heading to the Gold Coast. But at Redbank Plains High School there is no lack of volunteers willing to fill the void.

This week the school signed an official arrangement as a feeder school for the rugby league club.

"It's an opportunity for players to go through their pathway to the NRL," school rugby league teacher and coach Nick Faulkner said.

Previously the school had a deal with the Canberra Raiders and their Queensland Cup feeder club Souths Logan. But the new link with the Titans is a lot more practical. Titans scouts will monitor school matches and liaise with the likes of Faulkner to unearth potential NRL recruits.

They have wasted no time, signing Redbank Plains grade seven student Lai-One Manu to a retainer this week.

While the deal with the Titans is great news for any talented footballers at the school, it is also good news for the teachers. They know their league loving students have to be on best behaviour to utilise the pathway.

It's not only about footy. Students who don't perform behaviourally and academically will not be considered.

"This year we're trying to knuckle down on behaviour," Faulkner said.

"The Titans explained they are interested in more of a development role and have stressed the need to get a good education. Football comes second to that. We've seen the results straight away. Guys are coming up saying, 'Can we get into the program?'"

 


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