EXTRA MOTIVATION: Goodna senior players Ramon Filipine and Zach Lemberg prepare for the new season with co-coaches Laurie Campbell and Alistar Taua’aletoa.
EXTRA MOTIVATION: Goodna senior players Ramon Filipine and Zach Lemberg prepare for the new season with co-coaches Laurie Campbell and Alistar Taua’aletoa. Ben Wilmott

Top coach back in Eagles nest

A NEW attitude and the return of an experienced coach is turning heads in Goodna.

Former Goodna coach Laurie Campbell is back with his beloved Eagles to take over as co-coach of the club's A-grade side.

A life member at the Redbank Plains Bears and having coaching stints at Rosewood and Swifts, Campbell brings more than 30 years experience to the role.

Campbell said he couldn't be happier with his decision to return to the Eagles nest.

"I've come back home to Goodna where my heart is," he said.

"I love every minute if it, the boys have been so respectful."

Campbell will be joined by co-coach Alistair Taua'aletoa at the helm of the A-grade side, a combination the veteran coach welcomes.

Campbell said Taua'aletoa will complement his own style of coaching.

"He's a young up and coming coach," Campbell said.

"We will bounce ideas off each other throughout the year.

"It's a very good mix because I'm the old school discipline and he's got a few ideas on the new techniques."

Campbell said he knew how to motivate a Goodna side filled with raw talent.

"I know how to coach the Goodna culture, I've been with them so long," he said.

"All they want to do is learn and have a bit of fun with their mates.

"There are a couple of good leaders in the side, Ramon Filipine and Zach Lemberg have taken on a leadership role and a bit of responsibility."

Campbell said his 60-strong training group had already impressed in their commitment to training.

"Everyone is turning up and doing their job," Campbell said.

"They will win games this side. I just can't wait to get down there every week."

Richardson Park got a taste of rugby league action earlier this month with the Ipswich Jets second trial against the Burleigh Bears held at the local grounds.

Club president Tony Eilola said the trial games were a good chance for the Goodna club to generate some publicity before the start of the Ipswich Rugby League competition.

"It's the good kick start we need, everyone did a great job of getting everything together," he said.

"We had around 600 turn up which, considering the All Stars game was on the same day, was a great turn-out."



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