Courtesy of the official Wests Tigers website:
Exceptional young talent: Daley
Thursday 10 January 2013 5:36 PM
New South Wales State of Origin coach Laurie Daley today praised the Wests Tigers’ exceptional crop of young halves during a high performance session at the NSWRL Academy.
Young halves Jacob Miller, Curtis Sironen, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks were invited to train alongside standout halves from other Sydney clubs under the tutelage of Daley and former Blues greats Brad Fittler and Trent Barrett.
“Obviously the Tigers have some exceptional young talent here,” said Daley.
“They’re guys that have been identified as playing at a higher level, and for them it’s all about continuing their improvement and working hard at the Tigers and trying to push their claim for a regular berth in first grade.”
Daley is out to end Queensland’s winning streak, who boast Australian halves Jonathon Thurston and Cooper Cronk as their key attack men.
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While Daley will be looking for more experience in 2013, he and his staff are already looking to a Blue future in nurturing this young crop.
The Blues legend says the Wests Tigers young guns still have an enormous amount of work to do to reach higher levels of football.
“Obviously it comes down to their performances at club level and then trying to establish themselves in first grade, that’s the first thing that they have to do,” said Daley.
“Then it’s about getting their bodies in the right shape and getting themselves ready to cement down a first grade position. From there anything’s a possibility.”
Daley sees New Zealand captain Benji Marshall moving back to five eighth for Wests Tigers and rates Jacob Miller as the man to take up the number seven jersey.
“I think Jacob is certainly a talented youngster, he’ someone that can fill the role and if Benji wants to move back to six then that’s probably a good thing,” said Daley.
"We all know what his capabilities are.
"The Wests Tigers didn’t play well last year but I am sure they are ready for a big year.
“They’ll be keen to play well and it’ll be interesting to see how they fear under their new coach.”
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