New Brothers coach under no pressure
AS RECENTLY appointed Brothers head coach for 2015, Dean Daylight has plenty of hard work ahead to maintain his club's proud tradition in the Ipswich Rugby League.
But talking to the man who graced the Raceview playing fields in the blue and white butcher's stripes for many years, you wouldn't know it.
Daylight takes over the 2014 A grade runners up without the services of last year's captain and halfback Jason Connors, props Josh Afoa and Jake O'Doherty and winger Shane Picker.
It is enough to put a serious dent in any side's ambitions, but Daylight seems unfazed.
And while there are rumours circulating about the impending arrival of two big-name signings, Daylight insists it is news to him.
Not surprisingly then, he is hosing down expectations of Brothers reaching a 10th straight grand final appearance.
"Norths are the team to beat," he said.
"And West End, if they're ever going to win a grand final it's going to be this year.
"The remainder of us will battle it out for third and fourth."
Brothers did well to reach the grand final against Norths under coach Tyron Day, but Daylight concedes there was a distance between the two teams.
"My main goal is to learn the lessons," he said.
"Norths were too good for us.
"It could be said we over-achieved last year. So there is something to build on and we're expecting good things.
"I need to tinker with a few things but we'll stick to the game plan as it basically is.
"Norths beat us on the deck.
"Their line-speed was good.
"We need to change up and adapt to those things."
Daylight himself is happy to change and adapt to do his job as best he can.
He believes one of his strengths is his willingness to keep an open mind, so he isn't afraid to ask for advice.
"I'm going to surround myself with blokes who can help me," he said.
"I don't have an ego.
"I've coached alongside Paul Lowe, Lee Addison and Anthony Fowler and learnt a bit off each.
"I've got Jai Beutel as my assistant and Kev Stoddart will pop in form time to time. Whoever I can get support from I'll take it."
Daylight also has definite ideas of how he can improve without having to seek advice.
One of the first goals is to get the different teams within the club working more closely together.
"In recent years the teams have worked separately a lot more," he said.
"I want to bring it back to being a club. I want us to be together a lot more."
That even means bringing the under 17s into senior training at times, to groom them for what is to come.