Time is of the essence at Roos under Rhyce Shaw

The simple rules mean people who struggle to be on time will soon change their ways and there will be no surprises either if there are ramifications for tardiness.

Although such disciplinary measures can carry danger, the group has bought into Shaw’s strong commitment to being on time as they understand it is just one component of the broad range of qualities he brings to coaching.

Rhyce Shaw.Credit:Getty Images

His reputation as a relationship builder who respects his players as people has been well established and his work in the off season has been instrumental in keeping the club functioning smoothly.

As emerging forward Nick Larkey said on Friday, the 38-year-old rookie coach has the right balance between “being liked and being respected”.

Shaw, who was twice named assistant coach of the year during his time at Sydney, has also emphasised his desire for the AFL and VFL programs to be aligned in all areas to make it easier for players making the transition from the VFL to the AFL.

With first to fourth years having been on the track for two weeks already the Kangaroos will welcome back to training club stalwarts Ben Cunnington, Shaun Higgins, Todd Goldstein and skipper Jack Ziebell.

The Kangaroos new CEO Ben Amarfio will begin shortly while former West Coast list manager Brady Rawlings will start as the Kangaroos’ football manager next month when his ‘gardening leave’ expires soon after the national draft.

The club is still on the look out for a new list manager after the departure of Michael McMahon.

North Melbourne will hit the national draft without a first round draft pick after they made a pick swap during the trade period with Melbourne that saw them land picks 26, 50 and a future first round pick in exchange for pick 8.


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