first_imgThe highly-touted young Kiwi can play back row or centre and showed off his silky ball skills in a tight 16-12 loss to the Dragons last Saturday with a lovely pass to create Michael Chee Kam’s maiden NRL try – and set up a grandstand finale with the fast-finishing Tigers falling just short of knocking off the third-placed Dragons.Speaking to after the game, Marsters said while he’s been playing 80 minutes as a centre in reserve grade he’ll take whatever chance coach Ivan Cleary affords him in the top squad.”As a kid you always want to make your NRL debut. That was one of my goals. I really enjoyed it out there and just want to build on the performance,” Marsters said.After Cleary pulled him aside at training last Wednesday to inform him of his impending debut, Marsters said he rang around whatever family he could to get together so he could tell them at the same time. Some flew over from New Zealand to watch his debut.”I rang all my family members to tell them to come home, got them in a bunch and let them know and they were all pretty excited for me,” he said.”I had some family fly over from New Zealand to come watch me play; that was pretty important for me.”It was pretty tough, it was pretty fast out there but the boys stuck with me, they were talking to me on the edge and I sort of found my rhythm.”Hopefully if I get the chance to play next week I take it with two hands.”An early hamstring injury to veteran back-rower Chris Lawrence meant Marsters was called on to play more minutes than he would have expected, eventually finishing with 13 tackles, 88 running metres and a try assist in 43 minutes on field.”I want to build my minutes, I want to be able to play 80,” Marsters said.”Chris Lawrence, it’s a sad thing for him to go down like that but I want to knuckle down and get better as a player.”I’ve been playing centre in [the Intrust Super Premiership], I haven’t played back row for a while but I’ll play anywhere Ivan wants me to play. There’s an opportunity there for me to play back row so I want to take it with both hands and see where it goes.”I don’t mind, either way, Ivan knows what’s going on, I just want to perform for him.”And the magic ball to Chee Kam?”He was calling for it, I should have gone open but I heard him calling so I gave him the ball and he scored a pretty good try,” Marsters smiled.Photo by:  Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos. (Wests Tigers rookie Esan Marsters impressed on debut against the Dragons).last_img read more

first_imgJim McGuinness has revealed that he will continue to undertake his UEFA coaching badges so he can start to take training sessions with the Celtic first-team. Jim McGuinness has joined the Sky Sports GAA punditry team for the 2015 season.McGuinness enjoyed incredible success as a coach and manager with the Donegal GAA Senior team from 2011-2015.His professional approach within the Donegal set-up which focused significantly on the psychological aspect of sport didn’t go unnoticed outside of Ireland and that prompted Celtic to employ McGuinness as a Sports Performance Consultant in 2012. McGuinness was initially brought onboard to work with the Academy players, but Ronnie Delia quickly promoted him to work with the club’s first-team.Now it seems McGuinness wants to add to his skill set by undertaking his coaching qualifications so he can start participating in training sessions.He has already undergone a number of coaching courses with the FAI and now start his UEFA B course.McGuinness told Sky Sports, “I’ve really enjoyed working with Ronny (Deila) and the coaches, and that has also given me the opportunity to start doing my coaching badges, which will hopefully add a lot to the job I already do. “Then possibly, I can look at coaching the younger players in the academy parallel with doing my badges. I’m really enjoying it and I’m looking forward to starting my UEFA ‘B’ Licence in two weeks’ time.”“What I want to do at the moment is to use the badges to make myself better at my job,” he said.“I’ve been a coach and really enjoyed it, and I’d like to challenge myself in that area to see what I can do and offer. I’m going into it with an open mind.“I’m learning every day; the coaches at Celtic have been very good. They’ve given a couple of hours here and there in terms of their defensive structures, and the manager said he’s going to give me a couple of sessions too.“I’m looking forward to that and being around those types of people who can educate and develop you. Then it’s up to yourself to bring those concepts forward. We’ll see where it takes us.” MCGUINNESS ADMITS HE HAS A DESIRE TO BEGIN COACHING AT CELTIC was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:celtic fcCoachingdonegalHome-page SportJim McGuinnessnewslast_img read more