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Altitude in attitude: Barrett

Former Origin star Trent Barrett gives the Lower Clarence Magpies a pep talk.
Former Origin star Trent Barrett gives the Lower Clarence Magpies a pep talk.

THE Lower Clarence Magpies are going to be a more formidable outfit going into the rest of the season and beyond, says former State of Origin hero Trent Barrett.

Barrett spent a few hours with the club on Monday night and was impressed with what he saw.

"It was a good night," he said. "There was a good turnout and everyone was enthusiastic. It's a sign of a club heading in the right direction."

Barrett, who was an assistant to Ricky Stuart in the NSW Blues' latest Origin campaign, said there were three things everyone involved with a rugby league club needed to concentrate on.

"Discipline, attitude and care. If everyone in the club gets these things right it makes the club more attractive," he said.

"You attract better players, more fans and get more sponsors."

Barrett took the players through a "refresher" on league skills.

"We went through the basics: back field plays, front field plays and defensive patterns," he said.

"I wanted to emphasise to them the most important part of the game was improving their skill levels."

Barrett said being able to come to regional areas to promote rugby league was an enjoyable part of his job.

"Working in the NRL One Community program you get to visit towns like Maclean, meet young football leaders and talk about things like goal-setting. It's something I get a real kick out of," he said.

Topics:  lower clarence magpies, rugby league




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