Former panther now a brother

MARIST BROTHERS have enlisted the help of Penrith Panthers great Steve Carter for the 2009 Retravision Northern League season.

David Krause yesterday announced he would stay on as first grade coach while Carter would coach the under-18s and Brendan Randall would control reserve grade.

“I'm just lucky I'll have two blokes like that to lean on,” a chuffed Krause said.

Krause said Carter, the most capped player in Panthers history, would be someone the younger players in the club would look up to.

“Steve already does work with the academy side and obviously he has great knowledge of the game,” Krause said.

“When he speaks, people listen because he's been there and done that.

“The young guys probably don't fully understand how good a footballer he was but once they work with him they'll have full respect for him.

“And he'll make it enjoyable for them.”

Krause also said Randall's signing was a coup for the club.

“I jumped at the chance to get him on board,” Krause said.

“He played with South Grafton and Lower Clarence before coming up here to study.

“He played with us in 2006 and he's been travelling down to coach Lower's reserve grade team for the past two years.

“He is very, very knowledgeable and very skilful and he's one of those blokes who gets on with other blokes.”

But on the downside, Brothers will be without props Tim Tregidgo (Evans Head) and Luke Scott (retired).

“I think we'll lose a few blokes,” Krause said of the inevitable player drain to the two new first grade teams.

“But I'm not worried about what we haven't got. I'm worried about what we've got.

“We've got 20-odd guys who are training at the moment who know there are spots there for them if they train hard.

“We'll definitely be looking at some of the 18s from last year stepping up and some of the reserve grade forwards who were in a bad position with two props who played the 80 minutes in first grade.

“I'm probably more excited than anything.”

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