New Canberra Raiders assistant coach Justin Morgan has challenged the players to embrace the club's fine heritage as it looks to bounce back from the disappointment of last year.
Morgan said Canberra's rich tradition was a major factor behind his decision to move to the Raiders after seven years as head coach of English Super League outfit Hull KR.
Some of the game's greatest players have donned the lime green, and the coaching staff plans to reinforce to its squad the privilege of following in their footsteps.
"I think they need to be reminded about the tradition and the pride you should have when you wear the Raiders jersey, because some great players have worn it before you," Morgan said.
"It's not your right to be there [in first grade]. You have to earn that right and I think we're building a good culture in that regard, the responsibility of wearing the green of the Raiders. You only have to walk down the gym and see the pennants of the guys hanging up there who've played for Australia. I think it's great they touch on that. I knew I was coming to a club that had genuine tradition and appeal."
Morgan has experienced the club's tradition first hand, having played for Canberra in 2002 alongside stalwarts Laurie Daley and Jason Croker.
He hopes to bring the nous which helped him transform Hull from a second division outfit to a Super League finals regular.
Morgan and fellow assistant Andrew McFadden have been given a licence by head coach David Furner to offer advice or suggestions wherever they see fit.
He describes the coaching 'think tank' as a democratic process.
"I'm not backward in coming forward and giving my advice, but I also understand it's Dave's team," Morgan said.
"He's created a good environment where he makes you feel you can give advice about everything all the time."
Morgan's initial brief is to help the Raiders fix their leaky defence, which conceded an average of 37 missed tackles and 26 points per game last year.
"Certainly we don't have a silo management style where you just look after one area, but the bulk of my stuff will be defence," Morgan said.
"You can have the best system in the world, but if your attitude isn't right defensively it's not going to work."
Morgan knows a thing or two about building a club from the ground up.
When he first arrived at the Rovers, the team was languishing in England's second division and their facilities were archaic.
Hull made the Super League finals the last three seasons of his tenure and also qualified for a Challenge Cup final.
"When I first arrived they trained in the car park," he said.
"I've been there before where you have to put the building blocks in place. That was an attractive thing for me, to come to the Raiders and give your input and just not just be another cog in the machine."
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