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How Green's blueprint continues to influence Knights

His time as inaugural NRLW coach at Newcastle might've been short but Blake Green's tactical game plan remains in place for the upcoming season according to new coach Casey Bromilow.

Green was due to coach the Knights for their first season in the NRLW last year before the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the competition until kick-off on February 27.

The retired former journeyman of the NRL then accepted an offer to be part of Newcastle's coaching staff in the men's ranks with Bromilow, who helped Green recruit the Knights squad, stepping up into the role.

Green was instrumental in luring the Kiwi contingent of the Knights squad to Newcastle in particular while it's another step for Bromilow's coaching career after he previously coach the Tarsha Gale Cup side in 2021.

"For the first part when Blake was coaching we worked really closely together," Bromilow told NRL.com.

"We shared an office and were working in front of each other every day. He's put together a game plan and style of play that I really like and what we think will suit the competition.

Casey Bromilow (far right) with the club's local NRLW players and staff in January.
Casey Bromilow (far right) with the club's local NRLW players and staff in January. ©Knights digital

"We felt it would be an easier fix to continue what Greeny started rather than bring someone in who might have different views or structures that the players might not have liked.

"That was part of the transition that made it really easy because we'd worked together every day and have stuck with the same plan since day one.

"The ultimate goal of the campaign is to make everyone a better player.

"As long as they leave us a better player than when they came in then I think we've ticked our boxes."

Bromilow will be assisted by Jess Skinner, who is coming off success with the women's Indigenous All Stars side and is widely tipped to become an NRLW head coach in the future.

The All Stars fixture gave Bromilow a good idea of the talent at his disposal with nine players from the Knights representing the club, although coming up with a starting 17 may have just got tougher given the strong performances.

Indigenous All Stars halves Kirra Dibb and Tahlulah Tillett guided their side to victory while Autumn-Rain Stephens Daly crossed for a double on the wing.

Knights centre Bobbi Law ran for 112 metres from 13 carries while props Caitlan Johnston and Kyra Simon were physical in the middle.

"It was great all those girls got a proper trial in last week," Bromilow said.

"It's probably added to the selection table but it's always good to have headaches, that's exactly what we're looking for, is how we fit 24 players into 17.

Stephens Daly grabs a double for the Maori

"I’d much rather that than picking 15 and not knowing who the last two would be."

Bromilow will name his 21-player squad for the opening round against Parramatta at McDonald Jones Stadium on Tuesday as the town prepares to host the season.

"It's going to be awesome, everyone is pumped for that one," Bromilow said.

"There are lots of families coming down, even the Queensland girls they've said if they're not picked their families will still be down as it will be a great occasion."

 

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