Dynamic duo or double trouble for Highlander players?

INVERELL Highlanders Rugby Club has announced a change to their First grade coaching team for the coming season, which will see Chad Makim join Simon Clarke in a co-coaching role. It is a move that was described by club president Peter Davidson as big news.

“Simon has been coaching for the last couple of years, and now Chad is coming in off the back of 10 years or so of first grade and representative experience,” Davidson said.

CHANGE: The Highlanders have announced that Simon Clarke and Chad Makim will be this season’s First grade coaches when training begins at 6pm on Tuesday February 2.

“He’s probably played through more changes in the game than anyone else in the club, and he’s going to bring that aspect to the coaching.

“I think it’ll be good. We’ve got two different coaching styles in the two coaches, but I think they’ll complement each other. It’ll introduce some new ideas and depth.”

Clarke said he was happy to have Makim join him.

“It’s good to spread the load,” he said.

“I think it will be a big thing for us to get the boys more involved and more dedicated, which is what we need to step up and be more competitive with those top tier sides.”

Clarke said he was expecting this season to be a good one for the club.

“We’ve had a couple of good years of building, we’ve got a great committee and we’ve worked hard on building our player pool, and there’s a good bunch of lads there who are tearing to get into it.”

While 27-year-old Makim is not the ‘top end’ age wise and will continue to play, he said he felt it was time he took on a bigger role within the club.

“I’ve always just played and never had much else to do with it, so I just thought I’d step up and help the club out a bit more,” Makim said.

“I am one of the older players now, and we’ve got a really good bunch of young blokes coming through, so it’s time to keep them coming and going through, keep them confident out on the field.”

Makim said he had always played in the backs while Clarke was a good, tough forward.

“I think we’ll work well together,” Makim said.

Davidson said he would like to remind everyone that the club’s 7s competition was due to start on the evening of February 12, and all spectators were welcome.

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