PROMISING: Hayden Lipp bangs the ball downfield for the Ipswich Jets. He has linked with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and is in the running for a ball-playing role.
PROMISING: Hayden Lipp bangs the ball downfield for the Ipswich Jets. He has linked with the Sunshine Coast Falcons and is in the running for a ball-playing role. Alistair Brightman

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RUGBY LEAGUE: Ex-Ipswich Jets ball player Haydan Lipp hopes a structured environment at the Sunshine Coast Falcons will take his game to the next level.

The 23-year-old linked with the 2016 state league preliminary finalist early in the off-season to mould his undoubted talent under the guidance of Craig Ingebrigtsen.

"He's an exciting footballer," the coach said.

"He hasn't had any structural coaching for a while (and) he said he's really keen to be playing under some structure."

"It was really interesting to hear that."

Lipp showed some promising signs at the Jets this year, when he led the team in try assists and exhibited a crafty short kicking game.

But he wasn't completely satisfied under co-coaches Ben and Shane Walker, who encourage more ad-lib play.

"Haydan was looking for something a bit tangible and substantial; about the way he moves his footy forward and that's prompted a change for him," Ingebrigtsen said.

So he left the 2015 premier, which failed to feature in finals this year, and joined the Falcons.

And so far he's thriving at his new club.

"His first few weeks have been really good," Ingebrigtsen said.

"He's really enjoying having a structured environment where he knows what he's got to do and (have) the other people do their job around him." Lipp was the Brisbane Rugby League player of the year in 2015 when he guided the Jets to a premiership in that competition.

Among others to impress the Falcons coach this pre-season is play-maker Sean Yorston.

The 26-year-old left Norths to join the Falcons.

"He has pure speed," Ingebrigtsen said.

"He's very quick and he really understands where he needs to be on the field."


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