Nick Baker is the new coach of the Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade side.
Nick Baker is the new coach of the Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade side. Gerard Walsh

Baker to bring the heat to Cowboys reggies

RUGBY LEAGUE: "Come on down" is the word from new Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade coach Nick Baker as the club prepares for the start of 2017 season training on Tuesday night.

Baker will coach at senior level for the first time and be assisted by last year's A-grade hooker Aaron McVeigh.

The new reggies coach is well regarded as an analyst of the game and said his two main messages as a coach would be to "play smarter and play for each other".

"I like to analyse the game and enjoy listening to commentator Andrew Jones talk about NRL games on TV," he said.

"I will look at the video of each of our games at least twice after each 2017 game."

As a junior, Baker played rugby league for Warwick and district in an era where he also played cricket to South Queensland under-17 level.

Baker played his first season of Cowboys in the U18 halves in 2008 before later moving to Brisbane.

He returned to play senior footy for Warwick in the past three or four years and reached his 100-game milestone in 2016.

If anyone thinks Baker will be captain-coach, they better think again.

"If a coach is playing, he has no control of the intercharge or tactics, it is almost a case of coaching someone to coach," he said.

"I might play a bit of second-division footy."

As for his team, Baker is looking forward to many of the U18 graduates lining up in seniors and has already approached some players who have not had a game since the juniors.

"It is imperative I work well with A-grade coach Craig Mullaly, I did the statistics for Craig last season."

McVeigh said he was undecided about whether to pull on the boots for his 11th season as a Cowboys player.

"I am not sure if I will play. I turned 30 on Saturday," he said.

"I will help Nick in whatever areas he needs me. Nick will be the brains of the operation, he is very cluey on footy."

All welcome to training for all grades at 6pm Tuesdays and Thursdays at Father Ranger Oval.



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