CANBERRA Raiders have appointed their second full-time development officer – Adam Kyle – who will be in charge of the development of rugby league in the Canberra region.
The new appointment, considered a “massive boost” for the code in the region, is still far behind the AFL’s 11 development officers working in the region promoting Australian rules.
Mick Dabin, coaching and development manager for Country Rugby League of NSW, has avidly endorsed the appointment and said it will enable the officers to concentrate further on the development of the game in traditional and non-traditional league areas.
“Other sports are now trying to build a base in our areas so we’ve got to become a lot more protective of what is ours, to develop the sport as well as spreading the game into new areas,” he said.
“With a long term view, we’d like at least one more in the region and then we think that we can safely service the area.
“We’re in the front compared to rival sports due to the availability of the Raiders here. Unfortunately the media and the public generally take for granted the resource that they have with the Raiders here. They are a genuine front for the game and the community and probably not as well appreciated as they should be.
“Rugby league is the dominant sport in the southern part of the state and it certainly is an area full of great young talent.
“In the past the Raiders have gone out to regional areas and help support the game but then they’re not there to support the game as well locally.
“Without fulltime development staff in the area it’s very difficult for them to get out and profile the game as best as they can.”
Adam Kyle, a Canberra junior player, will work with other fellow CRL Development Officers from the surrounding regions.
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