Terry Westblade will get a tough initiation to the Group Nine coaching ranks on Saturday.
Moving into the Brothers coaching role this week after Ben Black was sacked last week, Westblake will be at the helm when the Brethren tackle premiers Southcity at Equex Centre.
The former Illawarra Steelers player has more than two decades of coaching experience, but isn’t sure what to expect from his team or their rivals.
However, Westblade was an interested onlooker when a late rally helped Brothers earn a 28-all draw with Kangaroos last week.
He thought they showed some promise.
“There is plenty of potential there,” Westblade said.
“They have great potential, they’re probably not playing to that at the moment, but it was great for them to come back against the ‘Roos when they were down severely.
“I was pretty impressed and think there is plenty to work with.”
He was particularly impressed by how new captain Peter Little led the team around the field at five-eighth.
Westblade is looking for his strong influence to continue.
“He brought them together and I think he pretty much got into back into the game off his own bat,” he said.
“It was great from that point of view.”
One of Westblade’s main goals is to help the club be more unified.
“I’ve happy to take the role and want to bring things together a bit,” he said.
He thinks a better cohesion will help bring the results.