INCOMING Brothers captain-coach Ben Black is unlikely to arrive in Wagga empty handed.
The 32-year-old halfback has revealed to The Daily Advertiser that he is scouting for English talent that might be interested in joining him at the Brethren.
Black, who was signed last month to replace Adam Perry, however, admits he is uncertain about the recruiting plans of the Group Nine club.
“I haven’t really spoken to them (Brothers) about players just yet,” Black said.
“Just waiting to I return (to (Australia) in October to sit down and have a chat.”
A contemporary of Young captain-coach Luke Branighan, Black is currently playing and coaching at English club Batley.
Set to land in Wagga next month, Black will bring a wealth of playing and coaching experience to Brothers.
And, depending on the reaction from Brothers president Riley Mullins, there is every chance he will also have some footballing as company.
“I have mentioned to Riley (Mullins) that a few players are interested in coming to Australia to play,” Black said.
“You never know. Could be a few come over.”
Born and bred in Manly, Black played with the Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers until he was lured to England a decade ago.
“I moved to Halifax in 2004,” he said.
“I went to Burleigh Bears in 2008, then returned to Halifax in 2010.
“I’ve been at Batley from 2011 to now.”
During a rugby league career spread across the world, Black has been in the best possible company.
Recounting his high successful international career, Black says two players hold a special place in his memory.
“The best player to ever play with was Terry Hill at Wests Tigers,” Black said.
“(He) Just looked after me like a young kid, and helped me through everything.
“And best player to play against is Andrew Johns for obvious reasons.”
For Black, coming to Wagga to try to haul Brothers out of the Group Nine rut was a simple choice.
“I picked Brothers as I knew Riley Mullins, and was always speaking to him,” Black said.
“My ambition was to coach one day, so when he asked me, it was too good to give up.
“The club is going forward, and I can’t wait to be part of it.”
Widely regarded as an on-field speedster, the dynamic halfback is already planning how the Brethren will attack 2015.
“Pre season will be tough but fun,” he said.
“It’s not about players getting flogged and busting themselves.
“I’m more about skills and getting the football in your hands … and having fun.”
Despite his laid-back attitude, Black is adamant the Brothers player will know they have to work.
“Don’t get me wrong, there will be some tough sessions to see how boys react,” he said.
“It’s all about bonding.
“I don’t know any players so it’s important to be happy.
“I’m really excited to get there and start.”
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