New Brothers coach has High hopes for the famous footy club

BROTHERS will be coached in 2016 by David High.

High was coaching director at Valleys Diehards this year, where he forged a friendship with Brothers products Pat O'Doherty, who coached the Diehards in the Brisbane Rugby League, and first aid officer Greg Sutton.

Both will be returning to their Raceview club - O'Doherty to coach the under-19s and Sutton as a first aid officer.

O'Doherty replaces successful 2015 U19s coach Anthony O'Brien, who takes over as Norths A-grade coach from Mick Newton.

Prior to last year, High coached the Northern Territory under-18s side and coached the Gold Coast under-20s against Ipswich in the Chairman's Challenge in 2010.

High believes being a new face at the club is advantageous.

"No one knows me," High said.

"So from day one we can go 'this is the criteria and atmosphere we're trying to build,' and move forward."

Day one is November 17 when pre-season training begins.

"I'm not one to come in and make major changes," he said.

"I'll bring in a strength and conditioning coach and a defensive coach every week or couple of weeks.

"But the majority of the off-field stuff will be appointed by the club."

High also hopes to bring several BRL standard players with him to help boost the Brothers club depth.

But he already knows enough about the club, from Sutton and O'Doherty, about what makes the place tick.

Sutton already has the pressure of not being the first A-grade coach at the club in more than a decade to fall short of the A-grade grand final.

Brothers proved again this season their club values ensure they are strong when it counts, going down to Norths in the grand final 24-22.

"I like to get to know the guys and how they tick," High said.

"Not just on the field personally but as a team.

'I've no doubt I'm up for it."

His coaching philosophies sound like a perfect fit, with little to be changed for the club's successful approach of the past decade.

"I'm fairly structured, depending on where we are and what we're trying to achieve," he said.

"It's all about trying to build pressure.

"But it's also about playing what's in front of you."

High was signed by the Brothers committee under previous president Colin McGill.

McGill has since been replaced by Mark Hennelly, who is equally committed to supporting High.

"The people I've spoken to say he's a good coach," Hennelly said.



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