THE Greater Northern Tigers squads are looking to finish the off-season program on a high when they take on three other academy squads from around the state.
The U15s and U17s will both travel to Cessnock in a few weeks to take on the Knights Chargers (U15s) and the Hunter Academy (U17s).
The boys got their first taste of team training in Werris Creek last Sunday, but will get right into game training next Sunday at Jack Woolaston Oval.
After training at Wests Lions home ground Scully Park all of last year, the squads have been moved to the Bear’s homeground for the remaining training and games.
Scully Park is being prepared for the NRL clash between the Newcastle Knights and the Canberra Raiders on February 22, before its future is decided later in the year.
That same weekend will see the GN squads host North Coast and Northern Rivers academies for the final games before the program finishes.
Country Rugby League regional manager Scott Bone said the boys were originally selected in set positions, but there will be a few changes.
“We have mostly been doing individual skills and not much team structure stuff yet,” Bone said.
“The next two sessions before the games – we will get into it.”
“Some of the boys will play out of position and out of their comfort zone.”
“It is good for them because as they get older and bigger their position could change.”
Following the final games, the players will head back to their respective clubs to start preparing for the regular season.
“The boys will be looking at regional rep sides now, which are selected in May,” Bone said.