Experienced heads to help launch junior Ipswich Jets
THE Ipswich Jets have taken their first step towards preparing for a revamped junior rugby league program in 2017.
In an effort to provide clear pathways for emerging players, a state-wide competition will see this year's FOGS Colts and Mal Meninga sides welcomed under the banner of Intrust Super Cup clubs across Queensland.
Keen to find the next generation of local talent, Ipswich Jets CEO Jason Cubit was delighted to see two familiar faces as the head coaches for next year's Under 18 and Under 20s competitions.
"We are very pleased to announce Todd Riggs as head coach of our Under 18s and Adam Boettcher for the Under 20s," Cubit said. "These guys know what they are doing and both the Ipswich Rugby League and the Jets can be confident the program is going to be run very professionally. It is an elite pathways competition and the NRL are putting a lot of focus on promoting the program.
"Riggs is a very experienced coach who has been around the Ipswich Jets for a long time and he's going to have some really experienced support staff around him as well."
A former Intrust Cup player and rugby league coordinator for St Peter Claver College, Riggs has continued his involvement with the Ipswich Jets in various coaching roles.
Boettcher has been the driving force behind this year's FOGS Colts.
"I've been a Jet for the best part of my life," Riggs said.
"I am keen to get back into a head coaching role and fully commit to that.
"It will be a bit different to the Cyril Connell because it's a shorter season, which will fit in well with my work commitments. Everything I do with the school and my previous roles with the Jets all ties into it and there is a good understanding of what is expected."
The Ipswich Jets are organising an early session on October 15 to give local juniors the chance to put their hand up for the new program.
"We have an open trial coming up and the goal will be to give Ipswich kids a preference to be a part of the program," Cubit said.
"We would like to see as many of our under 18 players to come along to take part."