Season 2019 will be Dylan Hill's first in charge at Cale Oval but the young captain-coach is very familiar with the Narromine Jets.
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Back during Hill's junior league days he was a ball boy for Dubbo CYMS while his father Craig played with the Fishies, and during that late 1990s and early 2000s period one memory strikes a cord with the new Jets captain-coach.
“I used to see how competitive Narromine were growing up. They were such fierce competitors," Hill recalls, the Jets played in Group 11 grand finals in 1995, 2000 and 2002.
"I'd love to get that mentality back."
And slowly but surely Hill is doing just that.
The club started pre-season training in November 2018 - traditionally the hard slog hasn't started until post Christmas at Narromine - and that early start is beginning to forge what Hill hopes will be a seriously tough football team this season.
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Hill joined break-out half Tony Clevin on the Get 'Em Onside Podcast last week and said putting in the hard yards at training will hold the Jets in good stead during games throughout what the young coach expects will be an incredibly even 2019 Group 11 title race.
"When we’re training it’s just about putting in; if you pull out at training you’ll pull out on the field. Everyone is knuckling down," he added.
"It's been a change of culture but I’m enjoying it."
Hill says he sees a lot of potential at the club and the likes of Ryan Richardson coming through the grades highlights the sort of players coming through the ranks at the Jets.
I got sick of sitting on the wing ... I just wanted to show what I could do.- Tony Clevin on his late-season form in the halves at Narromine in 2018.
But one player stunned everyone last season.
Clevin went from a relative unknown on the flank at the Jets to arguably the form half of the competition in 2019.
“I got sick of sitting on the wing. I wanted to make my spot in the halves. I just wanted to show what I could do," Clevin said.
He identified the Narromine Indigenous round game against Macquarie as a game where he felt like he belonged in the top grade.
He scored a try and kicked six goals in the Jets' 32-24 victory over the Raiders.
“That day was special for me, being indigenous. Celebrating that with the Jets, it made a statement for me," he said.
“I thought if they’re prepared to do this for my culture then I can show something back.”
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