Ipswich Diggers coach Lee Addison
Ipswich Diggers coach Lee Addison Sarah Harvey

New coach brings new methods to chase victory

NEW Ipswich Diggers coach Lee Addison is taking a professional approach to help Ipswich break its South East Queensland Divisional tournament drought.

The Diggers begin training tonight with a session open for anyone who is keen on representing Ipswich against Gold Coast and Brisbane Division Two.

"I want it to be open and transparent," Addison said of his selection process.

"There will be no bias and no favourites. I want to get the right people on the bus."

Addison has done away with a selection panel but will look to others to help him decide who the right people are when Ipswich hosts the Divisional carnival at the North Ipswich Reserve on May 16-18.

He has sent tapes of IRL matches to an NRL recruitment manager friend in Sydney for his recommendations.

He will also ask all IRL A grade coaches, as well as his assistant Josh Bretherton, for their own Diggers selections.

"If the same name appears on 10 out of 10 or nine out of 10 teams, then he's in," Addison said.

Addison will also run software analysis over all the players' match statistics.

It means the final selection will be role specific, rather than just picking a subjective "best" 17 and trying to fit them all in.

"Players will be picked because we want them to do that job," Addison said. "Everybody playing in the IRL is a chance. I'm not ruling out anyone.

"If people are committed to the Diggers, then I'll take that."

Addison even has a conditioner who will provide weight and fitness programs for the players.

The Swifts coach believes his is a better method than being given a team by selectors to try and mould with little time together.

"I've got to coach the team so I need a vision of where it's going. But I want everybody on board with their opinions," he said.

Addison said he would also be loyal to those players who have done the job well in the past.

Having coached the likes of England under-21s, Addison knows what is needed to get a representative team to peak on a short campaign.

The first two Wednesday training sessions will be open to all before he picks a final squad.

Diggers' training

Tonight at North Ipswich Reserve from 6.30pm.

All players welcome to trial.



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