Sometimes, the allure of working with someone that you are familiar with is too good of an opportunity to pass up – and for Carl Jennings, the Head Trainer at rugby Union side, the Crusaders, when he was asked by new coach New Zealand Warriors coach from rival code the NRL to join him, he gladly accepted.
The appointment of Jennings to the role, comes just days after Craig Walker officially left the Warriors – leaving the club with one less pressing matter to resolve.
Both Jennings and Elliott go way back, with the 48-year old, who is a former British Shot Put champion, working with Elliott in the past at the Canberra Raiders, the Penrith Panthers and the Bradford Bulls.
Elliott is excited to have his friend and former colleague back on his team, as he looks to guide the Warriors towards success over the next couple of years.
“Carl has an outstanding track record in what is such a highly-specialised area,” said Elliott.
“I’m hugely excited about being able to work with him again knowing exactly what he brings to the role. He’ll be a massive asset as we prepare for our off-season programme starting early next month.”
â€œThe experience Carl has in rugby league and now through the Crusaders in rugby union as well is going to be invaluable. I know our players will benefit so much from his expertise.â€
Whilst he has enjoyed his time away from the game of rugby league, Jennings says that he too is thrilled with the opportunity to join his old mate at the Warriors.
â€œI really enjoyed working with them this season, but itâ€™s brilliant being reunited with Matt at the Vodafone Warriors,â€ he said.
â€œThis is a great opportunity to not only get back into rugby league, but to do so with a club which has such huge potential to excel in the NRL.
â€œI believe in hard work, developing coaching structures that employ best-practice strength and conditioning methods that deliver elite athletic performance.
â€œI have been privileged to work with many great teams and athletes ,and I pride myself in enabling them to achieve
elite performance on a consistent basis in elite competition, due to the delivery of expert coaching.
â€œWhat matters to me above all is winning.â€