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Robertson steps up to steer Wallaroos in 2013

New Wallaroos coach (foreground,) Scott Robertson, captain Todd Campbell (back right) and vice captain Sam Hutchins.
New Wallaroos coach (foreground,) Scott Robertson, captain Todd Campbell (back right) and vice captain Sam Hutchins. Robyne Cuerel

THIS time last year, the Maryborough Wallaroos made a fresh start as they prepared for their return to the Bundaberg Rugby League.

Twelve months on and they seem to be in a common place.

The Wallaroos' A-grade team will have a new coach next season with Scott Robertson replacing Guy Meredith, who will take on the role of vice-president, while Todd Campbell and Sam Hutchins have been named the club's new captain and vice-captain respectively.

Robertson said it was a great honour to take over the reins of the team which finished fourth in 2012 and he was looking forward to his senior coaching role.

"I'm very excited and was pretty chuffed when the club asked me," the father-of-five said.

"They asked me in the middle of October and it took me a couple weeks to give them an answer, but really I took five seconds to accept the job."

Robertson, a former player with the club, has coached the Wallaroos' under-18 team for the past three seasons and was junior president this year.

His latest appointment, however, has been overshadowed by Brad Jung's decision to turn his back on the club and sign with reigning premiers Brothers.

Hoping to fill the void left by the frontrower is a talented crop of youngsters headlined by Jung's nephew William, Billy Connell and Aiden Churchill, who are all 19.

Add to that some experienced heads and you have a side that could vie for the club's first BRL premiership since 2009.

"That is probably 60% the reason why I took the job because I know what players are coming through the club," Robertson said.

"We have a young forward pack but I have a lot of confidence in them.

"Guy (Meredith) did a great job blooding a few of them and they played three or four first-grade games this year so they are match-hardened and ready to go."

The squad won't be back in full training until late January and Robertson said from then it will be full steam ahead.

"We are starting a little bit later than last year to let the boys soak it in a bit," he said.

"We blew the wheels off a bit early this year so we are going to commit later but commit harder."

The Wallaroos will be holding a sign-on and supporters' day at Maryborough Sports Club from noon on Saturday, December 15.



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