FOR the first time in his four-year tenure in Group 10, Orange CYMS captain-coach Mick Sullivan will step into the representative fold.
A three-time premiership winning mentor with the green and golds, Sullivan will take charge of the Western Division under 18 side in 2014, taking over the reigns of the highly successful unit from Cowra’s Steve Sutton.
Country Rugby League under 18 championship winners in 2011, the Rams juniors have talent to burn and Sullivan is hoping his latest rugby league endeavour will have an impact on the next generation of Western Division stars.
“We can win it,” Sullivan fired.
“I go into everything trying to win it. That’s the goal.
“At the end of the day you’ve got to get the right squad together from different environments out west. It will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.”
Sullivan ran the water for the Graeme Osborne-coached Group 10 in the tier two championship last season and was approached by Western Rams regional manager Peter Clarke to take on the Rams under 18s role in 2014.
A former NRL player with Canterbury and Cronulla, Sullivan holds ambitions of one day coaching representative football at a higher level and next season’s role with Western juniors will help with the natural progression.
“It seemed like the right progression to take on a youth squad and go from there,” Sullivan said.
“There’s a fair bit of talent.
“I’ll just try and work out a style of play for them. They’re a young group. You can’t go into it all overly prepared with a mind-set until we know what squad we’ve got.”
Preliminary rounds for the under 16 and 18 country championships will be conducted at Collegians, Wollongong, on June 7 and 8.