Jets players take lead reins
THE Ipswich Jets will use a leadership group in their Queensland Cup team this year as they search for the winning formula to restore pride.
Coaching duo Ben and Shane Walker have not appointed a captain as yet, but they have identified five men among the playing group who will be responsible for taking ownership of the team on the field and strengthening communication between the playing group and the coaching staff.
The Jets' leadership group consists of last year's captain Paul Stephenson, Ian Lacey, Marshall Chalk, Keiron Lander and Ramon Filipine.
All five players are among the most experienced in the Jets team, although this is just Lander's second year at the club.
Filipine, a giant winger with enormous potential, was included after he asked officials to be given a leadership role.
He has in past years been very shy, but now wants to help his fellow Polynesian players develop on and off the field.
“We wanted the playing group to have a voice,” Ben Walker said about the decision to instigate the leadership group.
“This gives the players ownership of the team.
“The leadership group will hold their own meetings and inform us of things we may have missed with individual players.
“They can be a voice for all the players we have here.”
The Walker brothers are confident they have the playing stock to compete for a finals position in this season's Queensland Cup.
They have retained the majority of last year's regular team and added more than 10 players to the squad.
Last night, the Jets returned to pre-season training at the North Ipswich Reserve after a Christmas and New Year break.
They will soon be joined by their three Papua New Guinea recruits, Charlie Wabo, Benjamin John, and Nixon Kolo.