SUNSHINE Coast Sea Eagles captain Callum Klein has declared "a new beginning" at the club under coach Ivan Henjak. Henjak joined the Coast club in October following the departure of former coach David Cordwell after two seasons as the helm. The club endured a woeful record under Cordwell with club collecting two wooden spoons after winning just six of 44 games. Henjak's appointment marks a new era for the club which includes new CEO and former NRL, Maroons and Super League journeyman Chris Flannery. Flannery has prompted several changes at the club which includes the removal of former chairman Peter Boyce.
Henjak had not coached since 2010, following his sacking in favour of current Broncos mentor Anthony Griffin just three weeks before the start of the 2011 NRL season. His time away has not sapped his enthusiasm for coaching with Klein stating the former Broncos mentor is just what the Coast needs to turn things around. "It feels like a new beginning at the club," Klein said. "We're hoping to write a new chapter, but we have got a lot of hard work to do there."
Klein noted Henjak's attention to detail as the standout trait of the former NRL coach. He said Henjak's NRL experience in mentoring rugby league's most glamorous club, the Brisbane Broncos, was obvious. "Just the way he has got things set out and planned creates a flow-on effect and it's very easy as a player to go there and get it done," he said. "He definitely has a style of footy in mind that we have to play and reiterates the commitment to the team as being paramount in every training session." However Henjak's expertise is not confined to the training paddock.
Klein described his new mentor as a strong leader of men who had instilled a closeness within the team. "Ivan's done a marvellous job in bringing the squad together over the last seven weeks," he said. "He's extremely easy to talk to and confront about situations and he's definitely not stuck-up or stubborn. "The mood is good because everyone is learning and doing their best. "There's been a lot of change and that's the way it feels with everyone trying to impress."
Sunshine Coast Daily