Too early for season predictions says Elliott

DAVID LONG
Last updated 08:39 09/11/2012
Matthew Elliott STD
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GROUNDED: New Warriors coach Matthew Elliott is not making any big claims about the next NRL season

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New Warriors coach Matt Elliott says it's too early to get a take on how well the team will do next season.

Elliott is just four days into working with the players and the emphasis so far has been on fitness.

At this stage Elliott says he doesn't know whether the Warriors will be able to bounce back from this year's dreadful campaign, where they finished a miserable 14th on the points table.

"I'm not well equipped to say that yet," Elliott said.

"I've been here four days and to come out with some grandiose statement saying yes or no, if I was listing to that I'd say it was BS."

Elliott says his philosophy is to aim for the perfect season and then see how close the team get to that.

"While it's a possibility that we'll win every game next year we might as well work off that possibility," he said.

"Why not have high expectations and I don't see why that can hurt."

Elliott said no decision has yet been made on who will captain the side and he hasn't been able to work with this year's captain Simon Mannering, as those players who were with the Kiwis haven't joined up with the squad yet.

"Whoever is going to be appointed captain will be done so by an informed decision, not after four days of preseason and obviously when our international guys are away," Elliott said.

"I'm not going to come in and say he's the captain, how do I know?

"I think that if you want to be appointed captain, you need to prove that you've got leadership capabilities and done it after a period of time where the people involved in appointing that person really believe that you're best suited for it."

After a lengthy recruitment process, Elliott was only appointed Warriors coach in early October.

It has meant that preparations for the new campaign have had to be rushed through and he still hasn't got all of his coaching staff sorted out, however, Elliott doesn't think anything is being missed out because of necessity to plan things out quickly.

"It has been a bit of a whirlwind," he said.

"We had to get staff and look at what facilities to use and there were a lot of logistic stuff to do initially but I'm enjoying every second of it.

"If I was appointed two months before we wouldn't be doing anything different than we are today, so while we've intensified the amount of activity over a three or four week period, we've achieved the same stuff, so I feel very content."

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