Recent off the again of a World Cup marketing campaign main the lads’s New Zealand aspect to a semi-final conflict, Michael Maguire is about to affix Raiders pre-season coaching in December to take up his new position as senior NRL advisor.
For Raiders heart Matt Timoko, the chance to study from Maguire and take his recreation to a brand new degree is one thing he is enthusiastic about.
Timoko was named within the prolonged Kiwis squad earlier than the beginning of the World Cup, earlier than lacking out on a spot within the closing squad.
The 22-year-old stated Maguire spoke to him earlier than making a closing resolution and he’s wanting ahead to enhancing his recreation with Maguire.
“He [Maguire] Simply stated ‘look we have to work on some issues when it comes to protection and stuff’. However having her right here goes to assist rather a lot, not solely to get Ricky’s opinion however I am getting Madge’s opinion as nicely,” Timoko stated.
“He is one other revered coach who’s been there and executed that, gained a contest with the Rabbitohs in 2014, so it will be good to get two views on how I can enhance my recreation.”
Timoko additionally believes that Maguire’s powerful strategy will profit the group, and may’t wait to purchase in all of the gamers.
“We have heard Madge is hard, she likes to work onerous in coaching and I feel that is one thing that is going to assist us this 12 months,” Timoko stated.
“We’ll get pleasure from that powerful group. He is on break for the time being, however I am wanting ahead to him coming again and getting all of the boys caught.”
Whereas he missed out on a World Cup spot, Timoko stated that having a break within the low season has him ready and able to work in pre-season.
“I used to be a bit disillusioned that I did not make it however on the identical time it was good to have a break. It was my first full season final 12 months and I obtained to go residence and spend time with household and buddies, which I have never had in three to 4 years.” Noticed it,” Timoko stated.
“I am wanting ahead to engaged on this pre-season and clearly it is good that we have Madge right here too so we will monitor how we’re going. I am wanting ahead to doing my greatest on ” 12 months.”
Timoko returned to pre-season coaching two weeks in the past with a number of younger gamers within the squad. Regardless of not returning for one more few weeks, some senior gamers returned early, together with Jamal Fogarty and Corey Harweera-Naira.
Timoko stated it was nice to have each of these gamers again forward of schedule and assist information the younger gamers.
“It exhibits how devoted they’re to the membership. They nonetheless had a few weeks to spare however they selected to return in and assist with the youthful boys as nicely and it exhibits they’re actual leaders.” maturing for,” Timoko stated.
“I wish to try to be [a leader]Clearly, I am nonetheless younger however on the identical time I wish to attain out to these youthful friends. I need them to really feel like they’ll speak to me about issues and I can attempt to train them issues. So sure that is one thing I wish to try to make.