Curtis joins Lions in development role

Former Perth assistant coach Rick Curtis has joined Subiaco in a assistant coach development role for the 2013 season.

Curtis was the Demons' reserves coach in 2011 and took that group to a Grand Final against Claremont and spent 2012 under Damien McMahon at Lathlain.

After he had devised a development proposal, Curtis felt Perth did not embrace its worth and took it to Subiaco where he said senior coach Jarrad Schofield and Football Manager Luke Sanders did.

“The assistant coach development role will probably look at the top two thirds of the squad and really reinforce some game styles and reinforce some tactics that the senior coach and the line coaches want to implement,” he said.

“So I’ll take groups, small groups, in their lines or multiple lines and reinforce those key messages and focuses in the areas that are role specific to the senior coach.”

A colt with Perth in his playing days, Curtis elected to return to country football before he came back to the club to coach.

“Playing wise, I wasn’t a great player. I went down to Perth as a young kid; a colt, didn’t really make it and regretted that move (back to the country),” Curtis said.

“Something that I’ll be able to reinforce to the younger kids in this group is that once you’ve got your opportunity don’t let it go.

“I let mine go for whatever reason and didn't try to grab it back again. I joined the Police force at 22 and the rest is history so to speak.

“My message to the younger people in this squad is once you’ve got your opportunity don’t let it go.”

Curtis, who embodies all of the authority of Police officer, said his footballing message to the group was “culture and team is king”.

“If you are not a team player and you're not going to abide by team structures and the coaching structures put in place then I class you as an individual and there’s no room for individuals in a game of football if you’re going to be successful.” 

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