Paddock grind for Pride
THE Northern Pride are bracing for a gruelling stint on the training paddock as they attempt to keep themselves physically primed during the Queensland Cup split round.
The Pride don’t play again until they host Ipswich on July 30 but will be kept busy with a variety of intense sessions, including outrigging at Yorkeys Knob, this week.
Pride coach David Maiden will turn control of the squad over to injured captain Ty Williams and strength and conditioning coach Scott Callaghan while he heads to Townsville for six days.
Maiden will spend time with the Cowboys observing how coach Neil Henry prepares his side for their NRL away clash against the Titans on Saturday night.
Maiden hopes to bring back a few techniques he can use to aid the Pride’s match-day preparation.
"We’ve already got a really good set-up thanks largely to (manager) Rob White and the systems he has in place at the club," Maiden said.
But we want to see if there’s anything else we can add to it."
The Pride beat the Sunshine Coast 20-10 in miserable conditions away from home on Friday night to maintain third position on the ladder.
Five-eighth Mick Wilson (shoulder) and forward Lancen Joudo (groin) suffered injuries, but both players are expected to be fit for the Ipswich clash.
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Paddock prescription: Pride coach David Maiden hands over the training reins this week as he spends time with the North Queensland Cowboys in Townsville.