CLUB COMMITMENT: New Jets under-18 coach Brendon Lindsay with players Kade McGarrigal and AJ Elder.
CLUB COMMITMENT: New Jets under-18 coach Brendon Lindsay with players Kade McGarrigal and AJ Elder. Kate Czerny

Lindsay tackles new Jets role with zest

WITH the Ipswich Jets having taken control of the Ipswich under-16 and 18 teams, it is no surprise Brendon Lindsay has been chosen coach of the Jets Mal Meninga Cup (under-18) team for next season.

Lindsay replaces Jae Woodward while Todd Riggs remains in charge of the Ipswich under-16 team (Cyril Connell Cup).

The 2015 season will be the first time the two teams have been officially known as "Jets" teams, with the club increasing its support of the junior program.

As such they were keen to get Lindsay in to share the ethos the former club halfback has been instilling in the Jets Colts (under-20) team for the past two seasons.

The MM squad will have an open trial in October with a squad picked from that to begin training in mid-November.

Players wishing to attend the October 11 trial can apply through their clubs.

"With the Jets strengthening links with the under-16 and 18 program, I'm really looking forward to being involved," Lindsay said.

"Having that Ipswich Jets influence will hopefully be of benefit."

Lindsay said it would be the core values from the Jets that he would focus on passing down.

"It's more about the philosophy of the club," the Jets' 135-game veteran said.

"Commitment and competing and all the things footballers need to take the next step."

Last year's under-18 team finished near the bottom of its pool. The under-16s did better, just missing play-offs and Lindsay will benefit from having several of them in his squad.

But traditionally Ipswich has struggled against the top teams in both competitions.

Yet Lindsay believes Ipswich produces the talent to compete with the best.

"We've identified a few areas we need to work on," he said.

"It's why we're excited getting the under-16s and 18s. Commitment and competing are the two big things we will instil in our players.

"There are other issues, so the earlier we get to them the better it will be for the Jets."

Lindsay, who also works as a full-time development officer for the Jets, is the perfect man to instil the ethos required to do so.

His time as Jets Colts coach gives him an insight into what makes younger players tick and what they need to improve.

But he admits taking on the 18s is a "whole other ball game".

"Combined with my development role, I thought it was important to take on the job given everything I learned in my time with the Colts," Lindsay said.

"It's an important step for the Jets.

"If we're going to make it work, we need to be a bit more involved.

"The lessons I've learned over the past two years will be valuable.

"I'm still learning.

"If you're working with kids that want to be the best they can be, your job is a lot easier."



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